The defiant Internet

doesn’t seem to take too kindly to legal restrictions. From the Wired Blog Epicenter on August 15, 2008:

Just days after an Italian judge’s decision to block ISP access to the major Sweden-based torrent site in Italy, The Pirate Bay is reporting a 5 percent increase in Italian web traffic, according to TorrentFreak.

… If the numbers are true, then as expected, the site has found its own way of successfully circumventing the block. And the press may have unintentionally shown newcomers the way.

So much for attempts to censor the web. At least in this instance…

On a related note, Epicenter reports on August 14, 2008:

Google has been instructed to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger in a defamation lawsuit filed by an Indian construction company against them, reports the Wall Street Journal.

…John Watson, associate professor at American University specializing in communication law, says this case is not unusual, considering the location.

“One of the most common places for people to sue, because they will generally win, are nations that are or have formerly been part of the British Commonwealth, where there is no First Amendment, and the law looks more toward protecting the reputation of people than protecting the free speech of speakers,” Watson told

“Google which is an American corporation enjoys a great deal of protection here in the United States, but in the rest of the world, it’s subject to the laws of wherever these articles or communications are published,” he added.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers a collection of online resources related to international law and the Internet.


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