Tuesday, July 05, 2005

German Recording Industry Asks ISPs To Poison DNS To Block File Sharing

Mike, over at techdirt.com, writes:

The latest pointless attempt by the recording industry to stop file sharing is to have the German rights organization for composers, lyricist and publishers, GEMA demand that a bunch of ISPs poison their DNS servers to try to block out the domains of certain file sharers. Beyond putting the file sharing burden on providers who shouldn't be involved in the mess in the first place, it also serves to break DNS, which sets a bad precedent and could cause plenty of problems for legitimate sites online. Of course, even if the ISPs do decide to do this, it won't be long before workarounds are built in -- and once again, file sharing will continue, just a bit more underground.


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