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Monday, 22 May, 2017 - 14:30

Hot on the heels of news stories about how big money bought influence in the Brexit referendum and how money was channelled into "Psyops" to manipulate the result comes a breaking story about how the Tory Party is attempting to influence what news people see when they search or information about the...

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BREIN Accused of Fabricating Evidence for Court Case

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Dutch anti-pirate organization BREIN is alleged to have faked a credit report in order to bolster their legal fight against the founders of The Pirate Bay.  The founders have resolutely argued that they are not the ultimate owners of the site, which is registered in the name of a Seychelles business called Reservella.  BREIN's apparent discovery of an Experian credit report linking Reservella to one of the founders, Fredrik Neij, seemed to have doomed their defence. 

Music industry steals musician's copyright

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The music industry is always complaining about "copyright theft". Except when they do it, of course...

Which brings me to the case of Edwyn Collins, the Scottish musician whose most famous hit is probably A Girl Like You. He has been barred from uploading his own music to MySpace, because the music industry erroneously say they own the copyright:

Edwyn Collins has been barred from streaming his own song through MySpace. Management for the former Orange Juice frontman have been unable to convince the website that they own the rights to A Girl Like You, despite the fact that they, er, do.

Last day for consultation responses

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When the Pirate Party UK was formally registered, one of the first things we did was ask our members to respond to the government's consultation on P2P file sharing. Since then we've seen a lot of developments, with Lord Mandelson threatening to cut whole families off the net for the actions of just one person, and various lobby groups such as the Featured Artists Coalition coming up with their own, often contradictory statements.

If we don't want these profit-motivated groups to write their own laws, then we need to make our voices heard, and one way to do this iby responding to this consultation document.

Meet our 500th Member

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The Pirate Party UK recently passed the 500-member mark.  Our 500th member is Hakim Akayour, a motorcycle enthusiast from Hertfordshire.  We asked Hakim why he supports the Pirate Party, and this is what he told us.

“I love my motorbike.  For me, it means freedom.  I've ridden my bike all over - all around Europe and down to North Africa too.  It makes me worried that there's politicians who would even think of putting chips into every bike and car and monitoring our every move.  l know the government will try and brand it as a method to stop people driving on the road without road tax, but once the system is in and it's too late to stop them they can start using it for a magnitude of other things.

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Illegal Downloads from LilyAllenMusic.com!

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You could not make this up. Not even the wildest pirate having the most insane pirate dream would make this up.

Lily Allen, through her website LilyAllenMusic.com, infringes copyright by offering the music of other artists for free download.

You can read the full story at Michael Masnick's Techdirt blog.

Lily Allen has publicly argued that infringing copyright is wrong because it is the same as stealing. She said downloading pirated music is killing the music industry. Except, it seems, when it helps her music career.

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