It’s not a great week for filesharers in Pakistan, after the country started blocking access to The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, Torrentz and ExtraTorrent as part of a crackdown on piracy. State-owned ISP Pakistan Telecommunications Company has reportedly been working with filtering company Netsweeper to block the sites, although TorrentFreak reports that it’s not just torrent sites that have been affected. Tumblr is thought to be inaccessible due to being classified as pornography, while atheist Richard Dawkins’ website also appears to be blocked. The trouble with filters is that they can be gotten around: Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents proxy sites are still accessible in Pakistan, for example, and as they are shut down, others will pop up. Pakistan is a complex market, where issues of piracy are mixed up with those of free-speech and free access to information online. There are incentives beyond piracy for internet users to look for ways around ISP-level blocking, in other words. Even so, it will be interesting to see if legal digital music services like Saavn and Dhingana get a boost from the blocks.