Without coming down on either side of the piracy argument, we can all probably agree that the methods currently being used to combat piracy are ineffective at best. At worst, the whole industry appears to be absolutely set on trying to catch lightning in a bottle. One of the recent attempts saw music industry group BPI putting legal pressure on the UK Pirate Party to drop their proxy service to The Pirate Bay. After initially indicating that they'd fight the legal battle, the proxy was taken down. In response, similar parties in Argentina and Luxembourg have launched their own proxies.
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In anticipation of Australia's internet filter, the voluntary euthanasia organization Exit International has begun to take action. After realizing that they were on a leaked list of sites that would be blacklisted when the great Australian firewall (not pictured above) goes into operation, Exit International needed to find a way to teach its Australian members how to access their site.
Fortunately, under Australian law it is still legal to circumvent the filter and to show others how to do so. But how to introduce 70 year olds to proxy servers and VPN tunnels? Talk to your local Pirate Party, of course.