Using child pornography to curb piracy

"Child pornography is great."

Johan Schluter, of the Danish Anti-Piracy Group, spoke these words at a seminar in 2007 that tried to tackle the issue of Sweden becoming a safe place for pirates to operate. Instead of arguing the case for strict Internet monitoring by making the entertainment industry the victim, an industry not many are ready to sympathize with, Schluter proposed that child porn would a make a much better case. Nobody will argue with the evils of child pornography (at least not publicly), and once you show politicians how illegal digital distribution and file-sharing is causing the proliferation of said media, it would be political suicide not to get behind Internet censorship.

This plan almost successfully shut down The Pirate Bay in 2007, when Swedish authorities placed the site on a list of alleged child pornography sites. In the time between the list's publication and its execution, the Internet revolted and raised enough rabble to get the site off the list before anything could be done about it.

Now, according to TorrentFreak, EU commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is using the same tactic to lobby for the a directive to enact an Internet censoring system across Europe. Christian Engtrom, Pirate Party MEP, lashed out against Malmstrom in his blog, claiming that she is simply a puppet of the pro-copyright entertainment industry and using Schluter's child porn tactics to morally justify the Internet censorship that the industry needs to stop the digital distribution of their products.

He emphasizes that Malmstrom likely has the best of intentions. He agrees that child pornography is a problem that desperately need to be dealt with, but that simply blocking the websites (a system already proven to be easily circumvented and unreliable) is not a viable solution. 

A website called cleanternet.org was put up to satirize what Malmstrom is proposing, producing a sarcastic video that presents the idea in a very polished, political-infographic kind of way.

 

Video courtesy of TorrentFreak

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let me reiterate that the situation is not a joke.

There really is a push by Cecilia Malmstrom to censor the European internet, and she's using the child porn argument to push it through. The video is simply a satirical look at what the directive really amounts to.

I am pretty sure that the opening line of this article could have been put better, however, this isn't the first time this author has made me think this.

Satire or not, there is truth behind it because this is one of the same tactics used to get the internet filter in Australia.

i cant see how anyone could watch that and not know its satire, excellently done but satire in mass effect non the less

duddut2 said,
i cant see how anyone could watch that and not know its satire, excellently done but satire in mass effect non the less

The video is, the reality is not.

The child porn is understandable but everything else is plain scary. That was certainly breathtaking, the internet is a universe of free media, such actions would tear its users. Luckily it is only satire.

I think some of you need to turn off your satire filter. ;D

In any case blocking child porn sites will not really help anything. The ******* involved in that kind of thing will just move somewhere else and then it's business as usual until the site gets on the blocklist.

It's a magic word on the internet, I guess. Sort of like how bringing up nazis automatically loses an argument; bringing up kiddies automatically wins, or something. It's annoying, because every protocol, every corner of the internet is, at heart, about transferring data between points, and that's all you need to spread ANY kind of porn. Censorship causes all kinds of really messy problems, and usually just leaves us with horribly written legislation from legislators who are NOT skilled with computers.

Let me just restate that for emphasis: these legislators, the world over, don't understand technology. The idea that there is a binary reality layered on top of the world just doesn't jive with them.

i will burn it down to the ground if this comes into effect ...

BLOCK child porn by any means, but DO NOT censor information or website that deal with legit systems (including P2P) ... hell, piracy is the product of stupid governing and laws

zeta_immersion said,
i will burn it down to the ground if this comes into effect ...

BLOCK child porn by any means, but DO NOT censor information or website that deal with legit systems (including P2P) ... hell, piracy is the product of stupid governing and laws

+1, it's like banning street corners, cars and plastic bags because drug dealers use them. P2P has legitimate (and illegitimate) uses but you'd have to be a complete dumbass paedophile to distribute or collect your child porn over P2P.

boo_star said,

+1, it's like banning street corners, cars and plastic bags because drug dealers use them. P2P has legitimate (and illegitimate) uses but you'd have to be a complete dumbass paedophile to distribute or collect your child porn over P2P.

LoL, they use facebook instead