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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Internet Access as a Civil Right

Internet Access as a Civil Right

Internet Access as a Civil Right

Added: Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The “three-strikes” legislation has caused lots of critic, and now some of the critics think that the society runs the risk to disenfranchise huge segments of the population, particularly with outdated copyright legislation being perhaps more relevant to a situation before digital distribution.


One can see the growing effort of copyright owners to introduce so-called “three-strikes” regime in order to tackle online piracy, but now some of their opponents think that disconnecting accused infringers could bring “right to freedom of expression” into a question.

For example, the CEO of Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre calls it a social inclusion question and warns that cutting people off the web means disconnecting them from the society. He also points out that restrictive copyright legislation increases the risk this will occur and estimates the number of people who could be kicked out like this as huge.

Internet access has been a recognized human right in Estonia and Finland, with definite calls in France and Greece to join the team. However, effort to do it in France may be not easy because the country has already enacted “three-strikes” regime last fall.

Nevertheless, Constitutional Council of France still struck down a previous version of the legislation, calling it unconstitutional and ruling that the Internet is necessary for the free exchanging of thoughts. It called it one of the most valuable human rights: since every person may speak and write freely, the right of the freedom of expression involves freedom to access Internet because of such means of communication development to the public line and their importance for participation in democratic life.

That is the core issue which politicians and the entertainment industry prefer to trivialize or ignore. Anyway, Internet access will always be essential for an increasing range of tasks and responsibilities – from news and filing taxes to social networking. It is therefore an important part of citizens’ everyday lives, and government can’t just switch it off without consequences for the community.

Talking about the online piracy, one should admit the society will always feel better if opting for civic participation. And Internet access has to be considered not less important than electricity or water in today’s world.

June 10th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Comments (22) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendXbox (2010-06-10 15:06:42)
Z0R4N avatarWell the politicians should read this fine article and give it some thought. Internet is the one thing that truly set people free when it got into our homes and connected us all. That was the moment when it became our right to keep in touch with the rest of the world.
Nice article SaM, thanks for the info.

posted by (2010-06-10 15:26:29)
Noch avatarIf the policy makers in today's world would get their heads out of that dark place they keep them,then things may work out for the best.Alas though these same policy makers fear that with the information available to the general public thru the net would topple their kingdoms of gold .great read Sam , and hellz ya to Internet being a right and not a privledge

posted by (2010-06-10 16:01:07)
Mandelbrot avatarTalking about the online piracy, one should admit the society will always feel better if opting for civic participation. And Internet access has to be considered not less important than electricity or water in today’s world.

Never a truer word said, thanks Sam.

posted by (2010-06-10 17:32:24)
arrimmapirate avatarI disagree. The internet is a useful tool, which makes life easier. But I do not believe that it should be a Civil right to have it. The telephone system isn't a civil right.. And I would suggest that it is far more important than the internet. If a person can't afford to keep their phone company happy and they get disconnected, there goes their access to emergency services eg 911. Although the internet is extremely useful, its also a convenience, and thats all that it is.

posted by (2010-06-10 17:39:08)
arrimmapirate avatarLet me just add... before we go adding internet as a right. Maybe we should look into making sure people always have food in their bellies, and a safe roof over their heads first. Before we start making it mandatory to make sure everyone has internet access..

posted by (2010-06-10 17:43:12)
kingtiger01 avatar"I disagree. The internet is a useful tool, which makes life easier. But I do not believe that it should be a Civil right to have it. The telephone system isn't a civil right.. And I would suggest that it is far more important than the internet. If a person can't afford to keep their phone company happy and they get disconnected, there goes their access to emergency services eg 911. Although the internet is extremely useful, its also a convenience, and thats all that it is.":

I Disagree, Both youre ISP and the Phone provider WILL shut you off if you dont pay.

2. Both are important, 5 years ago you could only get bank info and transactions, over the phone or in person. The internet revolutionised it.

3. I spend more time on social networks and using Internet Based Communication Then i have EVER used the phone. Heck, even potential employers are getting the idea, Going from Phone contact to Email.

4. Its more Reliable, You can only receive a phone call to that line, but you cant check youre email from ANY internet enabled Device with a browser.


Internet IS more than a tool, its a life blood. with out it, we would be back to a 1800's Society, because Touch Tone Telephones are even more impersonal.

posted by (2010-06-10 17:52:27)
conmac863 avatarNice Article SaM.
Arrimmapirate. Point well made and great comparison to the phone. Esp as some of us here started out using the phone lines to connect with a whopping 300 bps modem (yes I am old.) We did not pay the phone bill we did not get online. And if it were a civil right would we have to pay for it?
But I understand that there are many countries that the Internet is the only way they get to tell their story. But these countries don't really care much about civil rights in the first place (cough-China-cough)

True be told though in many countries, like the US, Verizon cuts your service you move to comcast. I know this is not an option everywhere but it is some places.

posted by (2010-06-10 18:01:53)
conmac863 avatarAnd without the Internet we would be back in the late 1970's - early 80's. We survived without it. We actually spent time in real social situations.
Of course a lot of good has come from it. Things that would have gone unheard of are brought out into the open.
Don't get me wrong. I spent a great deal of time on the internet. My lively hood depends on it. Without it I would be out of a job. But we could live just fine without it.

posted by Blocked (2010-06-10 18:38:29)
SaveIt4later avatarArrimmapirate I second that!

posted by (2010-06-10 20:23:58)
tennvol865 avatarArrimmapirate I agree completely0! How could anyone think it should be a civil right? You do not have to have the Internet!!!!! That's like saying a vehicle should be a civil right because you can do nothing without it! (for all those who'll say you can get a taxi or bus then I guess we should make money civil right) I don't believe some of the people posting these comments live in the real world. Food, water, air, those are right that everyone should have because they are the only things that you will DEFINITLEY die from if you don't have them

posted by (2010-06-10 21:01:01)
C374R avatarHuman rights for all, free network for all mankind!

posted by ET lover (2010-06-11 00:11:10)
No avatarafter reading arrimmapirates comment i got one thing to say, everyone should have the right to be able to phone the emergency services no matter if you pay your phone bill or not, fair enough if you dont pay the bill then of course you have no right to incomming or out going calls

posted by (2010-06-11 01:27:04)
katep avatartennvol865 while you can say that for some people the internet is the only contact they have with the world most people get there news bank shop basicly most of are lifes now can be done online and more and more of us are doing it

posted by (2010-06-11 03:36:51)
DEVO avatarThere are alternatives, but they are difficult. The first is to bring control back to the small companies of America. Those who can should choose to peer with private firms rather than their local telco. Sure, it eventually goes back to them, but it reduces their power because private peering firms have multiple peers and can drop misbehaving telcos. This is the best solution because it uses capitalism to solve a capitalistic problem. In other words: we let the market decide. Chance of success? About the same as Linux being a viable desktop in five years.

The other alternative is harsh, but would fix the problem for good. Federal anti-trust legislation that prohibits line providers from being their own client, even via a sub-company. Telcos can only deliver lines, not peering points. It’s harsh, and it’s not capitalist at all, but it would solve the problem until some other company got too big for its britches, but it’s hard to do that when you don’t own the lines.

It’s a difficult problem, with difficult answers, but this public Internet of ours is now wholly private because we ignored the consequences of our choices. Now we have to take back the Internet, and that’s going to be damned-near impossible.

posted by (2010-06-11 10:24:12)
Rasax avatarIt is not a civil right in the same way as food, freedom from persecution and the like but for many of us disabled people the internet has meant we are no longer cut off as we once were. For us the internet has meant freedom in a way few fully abled bodied people can understand and means we can also be a lot more self sufficient then we once were. For example i no longer have to rely on the goodwill of others for my shopping i can go online order what i need and get it delivered no need anymore for me to bother others or suffer days and days of pain by being stubborn and going myself. This like all things is not black and white there are shades of grey inbetween which as always make things that little bit more interesting :).

posted by Blocked (2010-06-12 03:02:15)
2die4 avataruntil i can get a refund on cinema tickets for crap movies and refunds for crap games etc i will always support piracy

posted by Blocked (2010-06-12 12:34:45)
menahunie avatarI WONDER WHAT HAPPENED?
TPB files charges against media companies

Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers.

While browsing through the email we identified the companies that are also active in Sweden and we have tonight reported these incidents to the police. The charges are infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming, all of these on a commercial level.

The companies that are being reported are the following:

* Twentieth Century Fox, Sweden AB
* Emi Music Sweden AB
* Universal Music Group Sweden AB
* Universal Pictures Nordic AB
* Paramount Home Entertainment (Sweden) AB
* Atari Nordic AB
* Activision Nordic Filial Till Activision (Uk) Ltd
* Ubisoft Sweden AB
* Sony Bmg Music Entertainment (Sweden) AB
* Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic AB

Stay tuned for updates.
Posted 09-21 2007 by bkp


Movie Studios Threaten Strike On Pirate Bay Nuclear Bunker
Written by enigmax on April 22, 2010

Last year, The Pirate Bay moved to an ISP that has facilities located in a former NATO nuclear bunker. It has operated with them successfully for some time but we can now reveal that Hollywood movie studios are threatening the ISP with a legal strike over its servicing of TPB and several other sites. The ISP’s owner, however, is in no mood to capitulate.

In early October 2009, The Pirate Bay was forced to move outside its native Sweden and find a new host in Ukraine. Their stay in Eastern Europe didn’t last long though, and soon they found a new and fairly unorthodox home.

CyberBunker is a former nuclear warfare bunker in The Netherlands. The facility was built by NATO in the 1950s and was designed to survive a nuclear war. After that threat largely subsided the bunker changed owners and is now believed to be used as a webhosting data center and is the presumed (in reality this is almost impossible to prove) home of The Pirate Bay.
CyberBunker: Threatened With MPA Strike


At the time, Sven Kamphuis, one of the owners of CB3ROB/Cyberbunker, said there were initial difficulties with setting up The Pirate Bay in its new location. Several carriers refused to assist following threats from local anti-piracy group, BREIN. Those problems were soon overcome but although The Pirate Bay continued to function and even grow, we can now exclusively reveal that there are turbulent seas ahead.

According to detailed information received by TorrentFreak, Disney Enterprises and Paramount Pictures in association with Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. (known collectively as the MPA) have been threatening CB3ROB Ltd with legal action over their hosting of The Pirate Bay and several other prominent movie-related sites.

Via its lawyers, in November 2009 the MPA sent CB3ROB a written “copyright warning” which stated that its members own the exclusive rights to a list of movies. The MPA further noted that CB3ROB is the Internet service provider for not only The Pirate Bay, but also movie streaming giants including Watch-Movies-Online.tv, Movie2K.com, TVShack.net, NovaMov.com and MovShare.com. Those sites, they say, are infringing their exclusive rights.

The complaint went on to detail the mechanics of The Pirate Bay, the guilty verdict delivered to its operators in a Swedish court in 2009 and the injunction placed on the site in the Amsterdam District Court in October the same year. Information on the nature of the streaming sites detailed above was also included.

The MPA warning then went on to suggest that since CB3ROB are aware that The Pirate Bay and the other sites are infringing, it is their responsibility to ensure that those infringements stop – i.e, bring an end to providing them with hosting and bandwidth or, as appears to be the case with The Pirate Bay, filter out torrents relating to MPA member works. Failure to do so would result in the MPA taking CB3ROB to court in Germany.

A very tight deadline of a few days was set for a CB3ROB respond, which appears to have been adhered to. The response, however, was not what the MPA had hoped for.

Through their lawyers, CB3ROB rejected the claims of the MPA on several grounds including what they term as an incorrect description of The Pirate Bay’s business model.

As readers will remember, last year the site “went magnetic” by dumping its tracker and relying on DHT and PEX instead. Therefore, CB3ROB argued, the rulings against TPB in Sweden and The Netherlands related to a time when the site’s operations were conducted in a different manner. The complaint is further rejected on grounds that as an ISP, CB3ROB aren’t responsible for the activities of its customers.

TorrentFreak spoke with Sven Olaf Kamphuis from CB3ROB who confirmed our information is correct.

“Once again [Disney] tried to infringe upon the right to provider immunity and the concept of net neutrality by claiming that by providing the Pirate Bay (and others) with Internet connectivity we (CB3ROB Ltd. & Co. KG) would be ‘assisting them in engaging in copyright violations’, which, should our customers be doing that, remains to be proven in court anyway,” he told us.

“They tried this (as usual) by means of an injunction, which we have had our attorneys block by means of a schutzbrief sent to all courts, basically saying they can’t get an injunction without going through the usual court case process,” he added.

Kamphuis says that he believes German law is quite specific in granting provider immunity, with data communications receiving protection under the law in pretty much the same way as postal mail. He explained:

“Providers are immune to any liability claims as long as they:

1: Don’t initiate the transfer of data (which we don’t, the user’s browser does)
2: Don’t select the addressees (IP addresses in this case) of the information to be transferred (Which we don’t, even Disney is free to use the PirateBay as far as we’re concerned ;) )
3: Don’t modify or select the information to be transferred (which we don’t)”

Kamphuis told TorrentFreak that if Disney and friends have a problem with the activities of CB3ROB clients, they should start a court case against them, a route he notes that has been traveled before, without success.

“If they’re too lazy (or don’t have valid arguments) to win court cases against individual parties and force them to terminate their activities, that cannot and will not be made the problem of the Internet industry, we simply cannot tolerate that,” he insists. “They’re trying to blackmail ISPs into cleaning up the mess caused by their dysfunctional business model, which the Internet industry, of course, will not do.”

The information we received detailing CB3ROB’s rejection of the Swedish and Dutch decisions was also confirmed.

“Disney apparently also can’t read Dutch, nor Swedish, as all court verdicts so far are for the Pirate Bay WITH torrent trackers, which they seem to keep messing up with torrent-files. It would help if they would pick some attorneys to represent them who at the very minimum know what they’re talking about, and stop babbling nonsense.”

Kamphuis insists that his company will accept anyone as a customer who can pay the bills and they will do everything required to deliver Internet connectivity to them – period. As an ISP, he says, they provide this service indiscriminately, “..but you know what,” he adds, “I’ve got a great idea.”

“Why don’t all ISPs just give them what they want and drop all packets that contain the word ‘Disney’ from them, including the ones from and to -their- websites, let’s see how long they last without using OUR internet for promoting and selling their shitty crap,” he concludes.

posted by Blocked (2010-06-12 12:40:20)
menahunie avatarJust my two cents; but most likely the "proof" that the bwads at Voltage and other MPAA and RIAA use is just the "name" on the files to file their claim of "copyright infringement"; pretty weak proof if I sat so..
Just look at the last sentance and you get the idea; also I would bet money they are using paid hackers to crack P2P'ers system to get "prrof", but doing that is illegal - isn't it?

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-06-13 03:14:50)
fusseltier avatarposting messages on the net isnt a right or considered freedom of speech in the US.
you can get sued or lose your job, or just about anything can happen.
you cant criticize, or tell people about something bad a company did to you, or about bad service or products, because they have more rights than you do and you cant defame them by letting people know they have bad products or anything.

posted by (2010-06-14 13:24:04)
scouse08 avatar@ tennvol865 electricity water an food arn,t a civil right they are just the same as the internet if you can`t pay your water bill or electricity bill they cut it off. if you can`t buy food then you don`t have any. just because we pay for the internet doesin`t mean it should not be a civil right to have the internet

posted by Blocked (2010-06-15 01:54:20)
SaveIt4later avatarmenahunie...is that all you have to say?

posted by Blocked (2010-06-15 05:16:07)
menahunie avatarNO - you want me to wipe that smirk off that puss:-P

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