24th January 2012 16:24
PP-Cat initiative: Justice for legitimate Megaupload users
Andrew Robinson – Pirate Party UK CMS Spokesperson:
Yesterday Pirates de Catalunya (PP-Cat) announced a collective civil action in Spain against the FBI.
PP-Cat believes that legitimate users of Megaupload who suffered from the closure of the site and seizure of files containing personal information may have legal recourse. PP-Cat says that the FBI may have violated Articles 197 and 198 of the Spanish Penal Code by misappropriating personal data.
Millions of Spanish citizens may have been affected, and the widespread harm caused by its sudden closure is unjustified and completely disproportionate. Much of the apparently infringing content held at Megaupload is still available via other means, so closing the site has not had any serious impact on piracy. On the other hand, millions of archives stored entirely legitimately by private individuals and organisations are now offline - and this clearly causes significant personal and economic damage. One individual contacted Pirate Party UK after losing access to their entire personal photography archive hosted on Megaupload.
This is the collateral damage done by the increasingly draconian global enforcement of one nation's idea of copyright enforcement, the aggressive locking away of cultural materials for corporate financial gain. PP-Cat said in a statement that "Regardless of ideology, opinions on the legality or morality of those running Megaupload, the closure of this service causes huge damage to lawful users of the sites, and is an unacceptable and disproportionate violation of their rights."
The Pirate Party UK supports PP-Cat in this effort.
Andrew Robinson, Pirate Party UK Culture Media &Sport Spokesperson:
"We believe that the rights of ordinary people are being ignored by those intent on maintaining a flawed business model via excessive legislation. We believe that unjust laws like SOPA, PIPA and now ACTA must be fought, and that ordinary internet users should have legal recourse against the copyright lobby."
Pirate Party UK
Culture Media &Sport Spokesperson
+44 (0) 161 987 7880