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Re: Italy orders ISPs to block sites
Neil J. McRae wrote:
Switzerland has made similar requests and ISPs in .CH have deployed acl to block the sites and remove them from DNS.
It was just one single investigation judge who requested this as a temporary restraint order in a libel case because they couldn't shut down the server or whole domain name itself. It didn't work out at all and almost all ISP's took this to appeal which was then granted and the order was lifted. The ISP's were "required" to block one specific dedicated domain on their resolvers. Due to this thing the site in question got a lot of publicity and newspapers also wrote about ways to get around DNS blocks. Since then (somewhen in 2002 IIRC) this whole blocking thing is essentially dead and has never been attempted again. Before and after this there has been some rah-rah about various cporn-, racist- and gambling sites with different theoretical approaches by various pressure groups and government departments. However before anything was even remotely implemented a huge outcry ensued and all of it was quickly shelfed again. In 2000 or 2001 a jewish holocaust pressure group partly successfully managed to scare one larger ISP into IP blocking of some US based server with racist stuff on it. As expected the servers moved quickly and the ACL caused various side effects for later legitimate users of those IP addresses. From then on this approach is proven dead as well. All those attempts so far have been based on the legal theory that the ISP is liable and participant to whatever is happening on the Internet and reachable/available through his connection or network globally. Needless to say that this theory doesn't fly with the real judges. -- Andre