🟢 [New Report] Italy blocks Gutenberg book publishing website
In collaboration w/ Davide Brunello, we published a new report which examines the blocking of the Gutenberg book publishing website across networks in #Italy based on OONI data.
OONI measurement analysis shows that access to www.gutenberg.org is blocked on at least 7 AS networks in #Italy.
Most ISPs primarily block access by means of DNS tampering.
In blocking www.gutenberg.org, some ISPs in #Italy (e.g Fastweb & Tiscali) return an NXDOMAIN, others (e.g. TIM, Telecom Italia, Iliad) return the IP address 127.0.0.1, while Vodafone Italia returns the IP address 22.214.171.124.
Regardless of what is returned in the DNS response, what all ISPs in #Italy (at least those included in this study) appear to have in common is the lack of transparency of the fact that access to www.gutenberg.org is intentionally blocked.
Internet users just see an error message.
@satan @ooni maybe it's something similar to what happened last year? https://torrentfreak.com/project-gutenberg-public-domain-library-blocked-in-italy-for-copyright-infringement-200603/
Long time ago there was a court ruling in Germany due to an argument about the length of copyright protection. Didn't realize they got the ban legally enforced in Italy as well.
is there a torrent with the http version of the website in a docker container? i'd like to make it accessible over tor.
@ooni At @kiwix, we periodicaly prepare an offline package of the Gutenberg Library. Here is the online demo version of it https://library.kiwix.org/gutenberg_mul_all. Here the offline downloadable ZIM package to be read with Kiwix software https://download.kiwix.org/zim/gutenberg_mul_all.zim. We have language dedicated packages as well, like in Italian, see https://download.kiwix.org/zim/gutenberg/
LB: The fact that Project Gutenberg is now blocked at least in Germany and Italy points to a flaw in yet again relying on a US-based website in the EU, where the legislation (this time around copyright) is different and courts can make an easy case of blocking the site.
Disrespecting copyright is of course one avenue that should be explored, but on top of that, what if there was a European version of Gutenberg that would make sure that the selection doesn't violate European copyright laws?
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