February 28, 2013

The UK High Court has ordered UK ISPs to block more torrent sites at the whim of the BPI, a private company representing the interests of music labels, despite data showing that blocking these sites have little effect on copyright infringement.

This slippery slope started with court ordered blocking of child porn sites. Then they decided to block violent porn sites, and then terrorist sites. What’s next?

I’m reminded of a poem by Martin Niemöller:

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

Weiran Zhang

Written by Weiran Zhang who lives and works in Nottingham. You should follow him on Twitter.