25th May 2012 13:12
Ineffective Censorship of the Web Continues
To date 1782 search results for tpb.pirateparty.org.uk have been removed from Google's search in response to demands from BPI, Sony Music, EMI, Universal, Warner Music, Columbia Records and others. These are all links that have been indexed by Google via our proxy service rather than links on our site.
Google are being ordered to modify their search results to remove links to links on the basis that they may eventually lead to material belonging to the organisation making the request. We haven't been formally contacted by any of these groups, instead they seem to be relying on third parties to send DCMA take down requests to search engines on their behalf. This censorship is of course totally ineffective, users can still reach all the pages that are removed from Google's results by simply using the search box on the front page of The Pirate Bay.
Pirateparty.org.uk is currently listed by Alexa as the UK's 1101st most popular site in terms of traffic, the highest ranking of any political party. Our proxy has seen in excess of 20 million hits in the last two weeks.
Culture & Media spokesperson
Pirate Party UK
+44 (0) 161 987 7880