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Submission + - Ruling in UK: ISPs Must Block The Pirate Bay (bbc.com)

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: BBC reports today that the High Court here in Britain has ordered that ISPs must block access to the Pirate Bay. The judgement was handed after an earlier blocking request was refused by ISPs, who would not block the site unless a court order was made, as is now the case. Interestingly, Virgin Media is an ISP which is complying in dissent with the remedy. Part of the Virgin Group which arguably has a stake in the position taken by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) an equivalent to America's RIAA. "Sites like The Pirate Bay destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists" Chief BPI executive Geoff Taylor said that the court "has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale. Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works." Other affected ISPs include Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and British Telecom
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Submission + - U.S. Plummets 135% on World Press Freedom Ranking 3

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: Reporters Without Borders released its 2011 — 2012 global Press Freedom Index. The indicators for press freedom in the U.S. are dramatic, with a downward movement from 27th to 47th in the global ranking, from the previous year. Much of this is corellated directly to the arrest and incarceration of American journalists covering the "Occupy" protest movements in New York and across the country. "This is especially troubling as we head into an election year which is sure to spark new conflicts between police and press covering rallies, protests and political events." Only Chile, who dropped from 33 to 80, joined the U.S. in falling over 100% of their previous ranking. Similarly, Chile was downgraded for "freedom of information violations committed by the security forces during student protests."
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Submission + - Facebook Assists Israel to Blacklist Air Traveller (google.com)

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: According to a report by the Associated Press, protesters have been stopped in their tracks after Facebook aided Israel in cracking down on the group of activists from the UK, France and Belgium who planned their event using the popular social networking site. Facebook allowed government agents to track the activists activities and then create a black-list of people who participated in the planning of the protests. The black-listed group was then forwarded to airlines with instructions to prevent the activists from boarding air flights to Israel. Over 200 activists were prevented from flying after being added to the airlines terrorism watch list, according the the AP report. Was Julian Assange correct, when he warned that Facebook was a giant, 'appalling spy machine'?

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