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Dan Bull writes:

This week, I made a parody music video criticising Lord Finesse for being a copyright draconian. Guess what. He had my video pulled down, claiming it infringed his copyright. Which proves my point more than anything I could have said myself. Techdirt has written an article on the issue here.

Anyway, in response to that, I got my Michael Moore on and have made this video. Ridiculously, I have had to avoid showing you any segment of the censored video, or of the song which I am discussing, for fear that Finesse will try to have THIS video removed too. With that in mind, please mirror and share as much as possible in case this one gets hit with a take-down as well.

I have fought ACTA, SOPA, DEA and various other forms of censorship in the name of copyright. I will not be silenced by this kind of abuse of the copyright system. The DMCA is not supposed to be used in this way.

BT Blocks the Pirate Bay

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 - 21:00

BT became the latest major UK ISP to block its customers from accessing the The Pirate Bay yesterday evening. BT has also blocked the additional addresses added by the Pirate Bay in response to the block in recent weeks. Within minutes of the block being put in place, the Pirate Bay made additional addresses available to circumvent the block.

Loz Kaye made the following statement on BT's block:

Pirate Party Proxy

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 - 18:00

The Pirate Party UK has hosted a proxy (tpb.pirateparty.org.uk), allowing people to connect to the Pirate Bay via Pirate Party servers, since the 19th of April 2012. We provided the proxy as a tool for users on networks where the Pirate Bay is blocked through filtering, and in support of our sister party in the Netherlands.  

Sky's block of the PirateBay further increases interest in Pirate Party UK

Thursday, 7 June, 2012 - 20:15

As Sky began their block of the Pirate Bay, we saw a further increase in traffic to our proxy at tpb.pirateparty.org.uk. The increase is a little less than that from Virgin, perhaps because Sky have chosen not to explain to their users why they are blocking the Pirate Bay [1].

Ineffective Censorship of the Web Continues

Friday, 25 May, 2012 - 13:15

Despite the ineffectiveness of web blocking, big media groups continue to chip away at internet freedom by demanding that search engines, like google, censor their search results.

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.

Claire Perry's Internet morality filter

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 14:00

A parliamentary committee chaired by Claire Perry MP today published its report into Online Child Protection, saying that ISPs must be forced to provide "opt-in" porn filters for all customers.

On the face of it, a reasonable proposal - perhaps you can disagree on whether it should be opt-in or opt-out, but giving parents the option to protect their children online is surely a good thing?

In fact, there are several problems with this approach - 3 main ones, and a litany of others.

SOPA & PIPA: The Internet Goes On Strike, Pirates Join

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012 - 22:30

In cooperation with Pirate Parties International

Hypocrisy as foreign secretary denounces Internet censorship on the same day BT is forced to censor Newzbin2.

Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 19:30

Speaking at the London Cyber conference today, the Foreign Minister William Hague denounced web censorship, calling it an infringement of human rights: "the exploitation of digital networks by a minority of criminals or terrorists be a justification for states to censor their citizens"[1]

On this same day, web censorship in the UK began in earnest, as the first reports came in of BT implementing the web blocking of the Newzbin2 website.[2]

Pirate Party UK Presses Minister on Web Blocking, Evidence Based Policy

Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 15:30

Loz Kaye - Pirate Party UK Leader:

On Tuesday I met with the Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey, along with interested groups including ORG, Coadec, LINX, a representative of the ISPs, and the Tax Payers Alliance. The meeting was intended to address the outcry over secret meetings between Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the big media industry players, and to put forward a different view to the lobbyists from the publishing groups, who have dominated the Internet policy agenda for far too long.

Newzbin2 Judgement: Day One of state censorship of the Internet in the UK.

Thursday, 28 July, 2011 - 13:45

The Pirate Party expresses serious concern at the judgement handed down today in the so-called "Newzbin2" case (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp & Ors v British Telecommunications Plc). Major film studios have successfully been granted an injunction against British Telecom, forcing BT to block internet users from accessing the Newzbin2 file-sharing site. This is the first case where a UK ISP has been ordered to restrict their service in some way to prevent users from accessing a third party, external service.

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