Image via CrunchBaseEtisalat has blocked Corbis, the photo library owned by one William Gates III Jnr.
A major site used by millions of creatives around the world, the Corbis picture library is an important resource. Blocking it sets a worrying precedent - does this now mean that other picture libraries are going to be subject to blocking? And what does that mean for the UAE's creative industries?
Creativity comes with freedom of expression, they're old (ahem) bedfellows. Where there is creativity you find people pushing the envelope.
I think you need to take a position - make an evaluation of the cultural value of a site vs a couple of things you don't like. Not just smash in a block the second your software catches sight of a naughty bit.
This random blocking is helping nobody - I've posted about it before. Flikr is bad enough, social networks are bad enough.
But a major internationally renowned image library?
They've got to be kidding...
BTW, Du has not blocked Corbis. So we may yet see this potty decision reversed.