Mantas Martisius, the chairman of the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK), says the US Internet giant Google sees no technical possibilities for blocking access to websites that are banned in Lithuania, including the file-sharing site Linkomanija.net.
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Google's representatives from the US met with LRTK officials in Vilnius in May to discuss the possibility of restricting access to information via the company's DNS server to make it more difficult to circumvent the watchdog's decisions on blocking Internet sites.

"At the meeting, a Google representative explained that it is possible to turn to Google over the removal of blocked websites by filling out a special form online, but the possibility of restricting access to information through Google's DNS server is difficult to implement," the commission said.

LRTK has since early May blocked at least ten Internet sites over the unauthorized transmission of audiovisual content. According to Martisius, however, Google said they were "technically incapable" of blocking access to illegal websites via their DNS server.

Back in January, a court ordered Lithuania's Internet providers to block user access to Linkomanija.net, but the popular illegal file-sharing site remains accessible to some users who have changed their IP settings.

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