Regardless of the sanity or effectiveness of this idea – I thought it would be an interesting idea to turn the tables. What would it be like if News International were unable to scour the web for stories to rip off, comments to plunder and images to steal?
Turns out, it’s rather simple. News International owns a rather large swathe of IP addresses.
% Information related to '220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168' inetnum: 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 remarks: **** INFORMATION FROM ARIN OBJECT **** remarks: netname: NEWS-INT-UK descr: News International descr: PO Box 481 descr: 1 Virginia Street descr: London E1 9BD remarks: country: GB admin-c: MF2311-RIPE tech-c: MF2311-RIPE remarks: changed: email@example.com 19901026 remarks: changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 19950103 remarks: **** INFORMATION FROM RIPE OBJECT **** netname: NEWS-INT-UK descr: Times Supplements Limited country: GB admin-c: TE960-RIPE tech-c: IR135-RIPE remarks: rev-srv: ns0.newsint.co.uk ns1.newsint.co.uk
All this means that any connection originating from 143.252.. comes from News International.
Or you could treat them no differently from any other Internet Citizen. The choice is yours.
Disclaimer: I’m not sure what other IP addresses they may own, and this doesn’t cover anyone connecting from home, via a dongle or other mobile device.