Just for completeness, I'm on O2 broadband and I get the 404 trying to 
access the Virgin Killer article and image. Unfortunately as the account 
is not in my name, I don't think that I can make a complaint?

The article is (currently) available via the google.co.uk cache, and 
a google.co.uk image search brings up ~13 copies of the image on the front 
page (along with 2 censored versions). There is a note though that one 
result has been removed, and reading the Chilling Effects link the 
complaint was about child pornography. There is of course no way to know 
whether the album artwork was the image in question, but it seems likely 
as the first restult unrelated to the album is on page 5, and that is 
releated to the band).


On Sat, 6 Dec 2008, David Gerard wrote:

> I am not suggesting that WMUK do anything about this whatsoever.
> However, I do suggest that all readers of this list try the pages and
> share the results they get (and their ISP).
> More specifically, if you're on any of:
> * Be/O2/Telefonica
> * Virgin Media
> * EasyNet/UK Online/Sky
> * PlusNet
> * Demon
> * TalkTalk
> - then you need to try the link, and if it doesn't work, contact your
> ISP and ask WTF.
> This is likely to hit the papers soon. BIG FUSS. We (the community and
> the Foundation and everyone) need to know the precise parameters of
> whatever's going on.
> - d.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: David Gerard <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Date: 2008/12/6
> Subject: Wikipedia quietly censored by Internet Watch Foundation
> To: Open Rights Group open discussion list
> Cc: Mike Godwin <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Cary Bass <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> ... by transparent proxying on some ISPs, not others.
> Surmise is that it's because of the album cover on
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Killer (the page about the
> Scorpions album "Virgin Killer") - some people can't acces the page.
> The image is distasteful but not (AFAIK) actually illegal (yet). And
> is also famous and encyclopedic in itself.
> Practical upshot is that every user on *some* ISPs has been put
> through one of just two IPs. This means that vandal blocks have
> widespread collateral damage.
> (I'm on Zen and I can get to the page and image.)
> The question now is: how do we find out what the hell is going on, and
> who has done this?
> Somewhat confusing page about the matter from the admins' noticeboard,
> where the admins try to work out wtf:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard/Major_UK_ISPs_reduced_to_using_2_IP_addresses
> - d.
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