On Friday, a judge in California issued an order to remove the DNS listing for the Wikileaks server. Wikileaks is a public internet site that functions on the wiki model, where any person can post content. Wikileaks purported to specialize in hosting incriminating documents that could do damage to their owners if they became public knowledge.
It turns out, that old chestnut is still true: the internet interprets censorship as damage, and routs around it. So a note to future plaintiffs and judges: unless you can take physical possession of the server before it goes online, you might as well just not bother. The attention generated by your takedown order will guarantee that millions of additional people will not only see copies of the information you are trying to suppress, but that they will make their own copies and republish them in other places.
This is today’s reality. It would be nice if the American legal system would try to keep up.