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UK web users face a backdoor Digital Economy Act

Loz is quoted in an article at The Inquirer about deal between BPI and ISPs to send 'piracy' warning letters.

Friday, 9 May, 2014 - 12:00

Digital Economy Act By the Back Door Plans

Friday, 9 May, 2014 - 09:45

A deal between entertainment industry bodies and major UK Internet service providers to target downloading is "imminent", according to the BBC.

BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media will send letters to alleged "pirates", in a version of plans set out in the controversial and unpopular Digital Economy Act.

The Digital Economy Act was passed at the very end of the Labour government in 2010, but has since stalled.

Copyright enforcement groups have agreed to pay towards the system, but ISPs will still have to foot the remainder of the bill.

Filesharer sentenced to three years' probation

A 58-year-old grandmother has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegal music downloading.

Muir was caught downloading the tracks after an investigation by two music trade bodies, British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Loz Kaye, the leader of the UK Pirate Party, said he was "hugely dismayed" by Muir's "disproportionate sentence". He added: "The evidence should have been properly tested in court. It seems now there is a pattern of rights holders targeting vulnerable people to score quick wins for publicity."

Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 23:00

IT PRO: Pirate Bay UK future in doubt after High Court decision

The Pirate Bay has taken a hit in the UK after a judge at the High Court said the file-sharing site infringed on copyrights of major record labels.

Today Justice Arnold ruled the Pirate Bay and its users unlawfully share copyrighted music, after the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) led Sony and other record labels in taking their complaint to court.

“This hearing clearly demonstrates the limitations of merely requiring judicial involvement in censorship orders. Without any party there to represent either the website or its users (including lawful users), there was no opportunity to raise any defence as to the damage allegedly done by the site, or the proportionality in blocking the entire website,” said Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK.


 

Monday, 20 February, 2012 - 01:00

Music industry group BPI demands pirate proxy closure

The UK's music industry body is demanding that a service offering a workaround to access banned site The Pirate Bay is shut down by its owner.

Pirate Party UK, a political group, has set up a proxy that can be used to reach the piracy site even though it has been blocked by the UK courts. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has written to the party's leader Loz Kaye to request the proxy's removal.

Mr Kaye told the BBC his party was "seeking legal advice".

"We've been clear all along, the reasons for the proxy," Mr Kaye added. "It is a legitimate tool, for a legitimate political end."

Thursday, 29 November, 2012 (All day)

Pirate Bay proxy gets shut down after music industry legal threat

"Despite attempts by elected members to resolve this situation, the law at present is clear and makes any decision to continue hosting the proxy untenable," said the party's lawyer, Frances Nash.

Speaking to the BBC, Pirate Party UK leader Mr Kaye said taking on the BPI in court would have been "financially impossible", but said he was happy with his party's stance up to this point.

"No political action is wasted," he told the BBC.

"I look forward to carrying on the political work in 2013. This year has been a fantastic year for our brand of politics. It's clear that it's becoming politically poisonous to be anti-internet."

 

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 - 23:00

BPI pushes ISPs for more web censorship

Further plans from the BPI to force ISPs to block a range of file sharing sites have been branded "frustrating" and "extreme" by the Pirate Party UK and the Open Rights Group. 

The comments from the Pirate Party UK and Open Rights Group (ORG) come after the recording industry organisation put proposals in place to force the likes of BT, Virgin and TalkTalk to block torrent sites Kickass Torrents, H33t and Fenopy. 

"Everything we have seen up to now suggests they will be calling for ever more draconian interference threatening the digital economy, our personal freedoms and privacy," Kaye said.


 

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 - 23:00

BPI court order sees legal Pirate Bay site blocked by some ISPs

Virgin Media, BE broadband and BT are currently blocking The Promo Bay, Pirate Bay's legit promotional platform for independent artists

This broad-brush website blocking caused Pirate Party's UK leader Loz Kaye to cry censorship.

Kaye told us, "This is exactly what we warned would happen. We hope it's a mistake, and we hope it will be rectified as soon as possible, but it really illustrates the dangers of web blocking."

Monday, 3 December, 2012 - 01:00

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