Last Update: 21 September 2009: 21:50
A twitter account gives updates on the ban and reactions: Turkey Bans.
Özgür Uçkan writes extensively on web censorship in Turkey (all pieces in Turkish though)
by Özgür Uçkan
by Internation MusingBt Arda Kutsal:
Access to MySpace and Last.fm is banned by Turkish court. We are currently not fully informed about the reason of the ban, but it may be due to music copyright violations. And again, this ban may be a consequence of a case filed by Turkish Union of Music Producers (MÜYAP) in order to protect music rights.
Turkish internet users can still reach both sites via OpenDNS. Also, you can reach last.fm by changing language settings to English, since the ban on last.fm is over the address lastfm.com.tr and only users with Turkish language selection are redirected.
Myspace’e Erişimin Engellenmesini Protesto Ediyoruz! [We protest the ban to access to MySpace] 1111 members
İLETİŞİM ÖZGÜRLÜĞÜNÜZ İÇİN BİRLEŞİN [Unite for the Freedom of Communication] 120 members
Myspace ve Lastfm’i geri ver!! Sansüre Hayır!! [Give MySpace and Lastfm back! No to Censorship] 177 members
I guess I should start working on the group I had founded a while ago:
Apart from Facebook,
seems to be better equipped for mobilizing against web censorship.
As far as I hear, the most recent ban was initiated due to music copyright issues.
LastFm in English works but in Turkish does not… So the Turkish version seems to be banned…