🟢 [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 based on OONI data.

OONI measurement analysis shows that access to www.gutenberg.org is blocked on at least 7 AS networks in .

Most ISPs primarily block access by means of DNS tampering.


In blocking www.gutenberg.org, some ISPs in (e.g Fastweb & Tiscali) return an NXDOMAIN, others (e.g. TIM, Telecom Italia, Iliad) return the IP address, while Vodafone Italia returns the IP address

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Regardless of what is returned in the DNS response, what all ISPs in (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
tl;dr = cops eagerly doing what book editors want

it's all explained in the linked article, Background section


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.

@kravietz @ooni The ban in Italy was added together with the ban of a few websites explicitly dedicated to pirating books in Italian; there is an hypothesis that the people who made that list also found something like ~10 books on project Gutenberg that are still under copyright in Italy and decided to ban the whole website.

@ooni When the hell is Italy blocking gutenberg.org?

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