Domain Name System (DNS) based site blocking is much in the news at the moment, as rightsholders, ISPs and lawmakers mull over the best way to block access to sites accused of facilitating persistent copyright infringement. With that in mind, it’s worth reading an article on the ZeroPaid blog – yes, you could say it’s a pro-filesharing site – which explains ‘8 technical methods that make the Protect IP Act useless’ (but by extension refers to any system using DNS blocking. The methods include using a VPN, proxies network TOR, using web DNS tools and others. It’s true that only people really keen on accessing sites will take the time to learn and use these methods. But nevertheless, in the debate around how site-blocking may or may not work, it’s important to be aware of them.

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