ISP Faces ‘Net Neutrality’ Investigation For Pirate Site Blocking Retaliation
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ISP Faces ‘Net Neutrality’ Investigation For Pirate Site Blocking Retaliation

After being ordered to block a number of piracy-related domains following a complaint from academic publisher Elsevier, Swedish ISP Bahnhof retaliated by semi-blocking Elsevier’s own website and barring the court from visiting Bahnhof.se. Those actions have now prompted Sweden’s telecoms watchdog to initiate an inquiry to determine whether the ISP breached net neutrality rules. It’s safe to say that Swedish ISP Bahnhof is one of the most aggressive companies when it comes to defending its customers from interference initiated by outside parties. The ISP is an outspoken critic of copyright trolls and has taken a number of measures to ensure that it’s extremely difficult for them to identify Bahnhof subscribers. It also believes in the open Internet and by extension is against site-blocking efforts on copyright grounds. In November, however, it became clear that Bahnhof would be joining the ranks of other blocking ISPs after a court ordered it to block a series of domain names following a complaint from academic publisher Elsevier. At the time, CEO Jon Karlung told TorrentFreak that the “horrifying” decision, which targets Sci-Hub domains including sci-hub.tw, sci-hub.mu, sci-hub.se, libgen.io, “goes against the soul of the Internet.” A clearly incensed Karlung then did something that […]

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