Copyright

Going Equipped

Adrian Farrel's picture

Section 25 of the 1968 Theft Act created the offence of "going equipped" for burglary or theft and refers to the possession of housebreaking implements including any item that is designed to be used to carry out a theft or burglary, as well as any items made specifically by a thief for use in committing a burglary.

The CPS [1] says that that law makes it an offence to knowingly possess an article for use in the course of or in connection with theft/ burglary and observes that the possession of the article must occur before the commission of the offence.

The CPS goes on to say that "Prosecutors should consider the evidence as a whole in order to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence that the item is possessed for use or in connection with theft. Possession of an item alone, such as an empty rucksack or a pair of gloves, may be insufficient to found a charge of going equipped."

The Link Is Not Safe

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 21:30

Press Hit: Victoria Derbyshire BBC Daily News "Crackdown on illegal downloading"

"The BBC's daily news and current affairs programme with original stories, exclusive interviews, audience debate and breaking news."

Pirate Party Spokesperson, Mark Chapman answers questions on BBC2 on piracy and ISPs issuing warning/educational letters to Pirates.

Wednesday, 1 February, 2017 - 09:45

UK ISPs to start sending Pirates letters

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017 - 23:00

A group of UK ISPs will soon send written warnings to account holders associated with IPs suspected of accessing illegally shared files. The only ISPs to have publicly agreed to the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme, the active portion of the Creative Content UK initiative from BPI, so far are the big four, namely Sky, BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk. It is unclear if their subsidiary companies (such as BT's Plusnet) are included, and only Virgin Media has gone into any detail as to how the process will work.

Bear with us

David Elston's picture

Popular Youtuber Bearing recently had their channel shut down, after setting all their videos to private. He has over 300,000 subscribers.


 

What’s all the fuss about? This bear:


Image for reporting only. Cartoon Network hold copyright.

 

The avatar bears (excuse the pun) a striking resemblance and is practically the same looking bear as the one that features in Total Drama Island, the Cartoon Network show. The show ran from 8th July 2007 until 29th November 2008, with 28 episodes and no further production continued. The show only aired in Canada, the USA and the UK – not Australia where Bearing is resident. It’s last air date was in the UK, 6th May 2009.

Furthermore the Bear is not one of the primary cast and does not feature in any of the show’s advertisement.

Chris Monteiro : Future Artefacts - Future Piracy – Appropriation and Production

Our very own Chris Monteiro speaks with Future Artefacts to discuss the future of copyright, piracy, production and appropriation in this video.

Where do I start?

Hmm, where to start.

I joined the Pirate Party when it was first established in the UK.  I am a strong believer in freedom of speech and the free sharing of knowledge.  Add into that I believe that the power, influence and enforcement of the current copyright system is damaging those prime belief and also stifles creativity and you basically have the reasons why I joined.

I'm not a politician and probably never will be.  I'm a freelance IT consultant and have nearly 40 years of experience of computing.  I have seen the freedom of the BBS system and its morphing into the Internet.  I remember the nostalgic days of attending computer clubs and sharing ROM's of software with fellow members.  Something has seriously wrong with a political system when content providers can encrypt media then get government backing to pass laws that make the decrypting of that media illegal.  This, in itself, counters this Government's claim to support fair use.  How can you have fair use, when the media you are trying to use fairly cannot be decrypted because of legal sanction?

CETA: TTIP's Little Brother. Why We Need To Fight It

Wendy Cockcroft's picture

CETA is the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. After years of being negotiated in secret, it's in the legal scrubbing phase and is headed for the EU Parliament where it will either be ratified and put into effect, or killed off like ACTA was on July 4th, 2012. That depends on us and how willing we are to overcome campaign fatigue and push back for another Pirate victory. Please note, we'll have to do it again for TTIP.

Geo-Blocking Exceptions

Monday, 15 February, 2016 - 22:00

The Pirate Party UK welcomed the EU Commission's proposal to allow people to access media abroad that they pay for at home.


If passed, the law could allow people to access TV, films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books, games and other media that they have rented at home. This benefit may extend to service providers such as Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, Sky Go, BT Sport, Amazon e-books, BBC and others.


Pirate Party Spokesperson George Walkden said:

New York Public Library Releases 180,000 Free Images

Andrew Norton, US Pirate Party Chair, commended the decision to release the images.

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016 - 22:45

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