All Danish Internet Service Providers (ISP) are now blocking the access to one of the world's biggest and most popular online music shops, Allofmp3.com. This is the result of a recent court ruling to a civil lawsuit which the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) brought against the Danish ISP, Tele2, demanding the cessation of customer access to Allofmp3.com.
The decision now applies to all ISPs within the European Union, even though the Danish Ministry of Culture has declared the Russian site legal for Danish citizens to use. Very strange indeed.
The problem is not so much whether Allofmp3 is legal or not. What concerns me is that the ISPs are now responsible for which sites their customers visit. This could result in blocking the access to Google for instance, like in China, or other sites which the corporate industry (or the government) doesn't want people to visit. I think this is the first step towards Internet censorship.