Impartiality concerns over London city police

Monday, 31 March, 2014 - 21:30

Significant questions are being raised by recent actions of the City of London Police over their increasing private enforcement activities for copyright lobby groups. Their latest initiative is the development of an online database of websites 'verified' as being illegal with the aim of online advertisers using the databse to restrict where their adverts will be displayed. 

Pirate Party UK's Andrew Norton said:

Sephy Hallow : Copyright Reform: We're Getting Somewhere

Participation in politics is something I've been thinking about a lot recently, and one of the common complaints I hear from friends of a politically apathetic persuasion is that politics no longer represents the views of the people; we aren't consulted, and when we are, our politicians make policies that go against public opinion or welfare. That's why I'm thrilled with the outcome of the UK copyright consultation, the first sign in a long time that the government listens to its people.

As one of the Pirate Party's flagship policies – and yet one of its most abstract – copyright reform has been one of the most difficult ideas to promote. With big business at stake, copyright reform was always going to be our most difficult policy to push, and we have met with resistance from many stakeholders, including the infamous BPI. However, after years of fighting, we finally have our first major breakthrough: namely, that new copyright exceptions are set to come into law (pending review from both houses) on the 1st June 2014.

Copyright and Patent Reform

Sharing is Caring

“The only way to even try to limit file sharing, is to introduce
surveillance of everybody’s private communication.”

Hard Time for Copyright Infringers

Friday, 24 January, 2014 - 13:15

In Monday's debate on the Intellectual Property Bill Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister and also Vice President (Europe) for the Motion Picture Licensing Company, attacked those who download copyright infringing material, labelling them as criminals. His goal is for young people to persuade their peers against such activity and for persistent offenders to potentially face custodial sentences.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Wired: Laurence Kaye vs Laurence Kaye- the pirate and the lawyer in conversation

Laurence Kaye, known as Loz Kaye, is the leader of the Pirate Party, which strives to reform copyright and patent laws and drive state transparency and open rights.

Laurence Kaye , known as Laurie Kaye, is a lawyer specialising in digital law and intellectual property. took the opportunity to get both Laurence Kayes into a room to talk about the Digital Economy Act, copyright reform, site-blocking and the Digital Copyright Exchange.

Tuesday, 3 January, 2012 (All day)


PIRATES want a fair and balanced copyright law based on the interests of society as a whole.

Abolish anti-circumvention restrictions and laws

Under current copyright law it is unlawful to do various things aimed at circumventing effective technological measures that restrict access to copyrighted material, even if doing so is required for lawful use. This includes both civil liabilities and criminal offences. In the event that such a “technological measure” prevents permitted acts (i.e. what could be lawfully done anyway), the only current remedy is to apply to the Secretary of State for a permit.

World Intellectual Property Review: UK copyright law- a change for the better?

A number of important alterations to UK copyright law are set come into effect later this year. TB&I investigates what they mean for rights owners.

“This is a long overdue update that rebalances copyright law in a sensible way,” says Loz Kaye of the planned modernisation to the UK copyright system. The leader of the Pirate Party UK and a relentless campaigner for digital rights, Kaye often squares off against copyright owners, lambasting them for impinging civil liberties.


Friday, 26 April, 2013 (All day)

MPs in new 'Pirate' Scare

Friday, 27 September, 2013 - 13:45

The Pirate Party questions the basis and conclusions of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's new report - Supporting the Creative Economy.

There are calls for Google to change its search results policy, to hike sentencing for IP infringement to 10 years and to delay the copyright reforms proposed by the Hargreaves review. The Committee's chair John Whittingdale MP said "the Government must use the powers given to it by Parliament in the Digital Economy Act" if a so-called voluntary Internet policing agreement between the big content industry and ISPs fails to emerge.

Opinion: Who Owns Knowledge?

Sephy Hallow's picture

I'm going to skip over a huge chunk of epistemological debate concerning what knowledge is and how we can say we have it, to simply say, it's information. Theoretical or practical, learned in a classroom, overheard and remembered, picked up through imitation, knowledge is a fundamental part of consciousness. 

Knowledge of language leads to communication, to an ability to express and disperse ideas amongst many. 

Knowledge of how our government works gives us a voice, allows us to convey assent or disapproval of policy, gives us the ability to question how our world is shaped. 

Knowledge of your citizen's conversations, as we have recently seen, is apparently of paramount importance, though if Facebook is anything to judge by, that's a lot of relationship updates, first-world angst and sepia-toned photographs of breakfasts to wade through in order to find the odd clandestine plot to nuke the White House. 


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