Last week, a French court ordered the major French ISPs to block The Pirate Bay website.
This decision was made following a complaint filed by a company of rights holders, the SCPP – Société Civile des Producteurs de Phonogrammes – whose president, Pascal Nègre, was obviously delighted in a statement. But what that dear Pascal omits is that it’s asked to ISPs only to “implement all necessary measures to prevent access from French territory to the sharing site The Pirate Bay and its redirection sites and mirror sites. “.
Ok, that’s exactly what they did, at least for my grandma… Because, the first failure of the SCPP was to miss some ISPs : there was only Bouygues Telecom, Free, Orange and SFR that have been cited. What about Numericable? Nerim, FDN, Quantic, OVH? Never heard about? And that’s only for the everyday people, because there are so many other professional providers…
Once the funny part is addressed, remains the technical part and here we enter the pathetic… Yes, lets read again a significant part of this decision: “implement all Necessary Measures”. Cited ISPs have well complied with this decision. How? By doing a little cleaning on DNS maps : if you’re a Bouygues’ french customer, you won’t be able to resolve ‘thepiratebay.se’ anymore; by the way it seems that ‘themobilebay.org’ has been forgotten. And for french justice, that’s enough. What a Neanderthal point of view. Even my little nephew (8 years old) knows that you can choose which DNS server you request to resolve an alias…
So french p2p lovers, here’s some DNS servers addresses to bypass this prehistoric embargo:
# Google Public DNS IPv4
# FDN DNS IPv4
And the are so much more. A simple google search and you’ll find one to pick up.
It took about 250,000 years between the discovery of fire and its control by man. That gives us time to see it coming …