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Ask your MEPs to oppose the "Gallo Report"

Peter Brett's picture

Back in June, we discussed the "Gallo Report" on copyright infringement, from the European Parliament's committee for legal affairs (JURI). This report is a bit of a disaster: although it recognises that the available data on copyright infringement is woefully lacking, it nevertheless demands increased regulation and stricter enforcement even in the absence of the data to support it. As if that wasn't foolish enough, it also confuses copyright infringement and counterfeiting. If this report was adopted by the EP as a resolution it would be a serious setback for the Pirate/Green/Social Democrat group of MEPs who have been working hard to promote evidence-based approaches to making policy in this area (among others) within the EP.

Pirate Party UK Disappointed with Introduction of an 'Internet Levy'

Tuesday, 14 September, 2010 - 18:30

The Pirate Party UK is both pleased and disappointed with the Government's plans for sharing the costs of the measures to tackle online infringement of copyright in the Digital Economy Act. These measures involve forcing ISPs to send notifications to those individuals that copyright owners (or their agents) have accused of infringing copyright online and to collate data on the accusations made.

ACTA - Making a Difference

Will Tovey's picture

As some of you may be aware, the latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been leaked (via Knowledge Ecology International) and, as with the previous leaks, it is somewhat disappointing and distressing.

ACTA has many problems that make it a serious issue for all citizens, not just the Pirate movement. Firstly, and most importantly, it's being negotiated in almost total secrecy; despite the fact that provisions we have seen in leaked drafts would affect the way nearly everybody shares information on the Internet and otherwise, only a small number of non-governmental "stakeholders" have been invited to comment on the proposed measures, and even elected officials such as MPs and MEPs are being kept almost entirely in the dark during the negotiations. Beyond the legislation-laundering manner in which ACTA is being drawn up, the best way to describe the treaty's effect is as the worst parts of the Digital Economy Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other far-reaching anti-piracy legislation, which goes even further down the same draconian road towards destruction of the Internet as we know it.

A Guide to the Digital Economy Act - Part 5

Will Tovey's picture

This is the final in a series of posts explaining what the Digital Economy Act will do, how it works and how it will affect individuals.

  1. Introduction and the Initial Obligations Code
  2. Technical Measures to Limit Internet Access
  3. Subscriber Appeals
  4. Web-blocking
  5. Other Provisions and Summary

This series is aimed at providing an objective and descriptive overview of the legislation, rather than opinion or comment on the content. Some parts may be legally technical

A Guide to the Digital Economy Act - Part 4

Will Tovey's picture

This is the fourth in a series of posts explaining what the Digital Economy Act will do, how it works and how it will affect individuals.

  1. Introduction and the Initial Obligations Code
  2. Technical Measures to Limit Internet Access
  3. Subscriber Appeals
  4. Web-blocking
  5. Other Provisions and Summary

This series is aimed at providing an objective and descriptive overview of the legislation, rather than opinion or comment on the content. Some parts may be legally technical

BPI Announces Increased Revenue "Despite Piracy"

Wednesday, 28 April, 2010 - 12:00

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the organisation that represents the record industry, has recently released a summary of their 2009 sales, showing growth of 1.4% over the year - a performance that was 2.2% stronger than the rest of the economy - and these figures do not include live shows or performance royalties.

Labour and Tories Accused of Copyright Hypocrisy

Monday, 26 April, 2010 - 22:00

Parliamentary candidates from the Pirate Party UK have accused Labour and the Conservatives of being "hypocrites" after both parties repeatedly infringed on the copyright of others during their election campaigns.

"Happy birthday, dear Copyright, happy birthday to you."

Stephen Ogden's picture

Three hundred years ago, today, Copyright was born.

Conceived in 1709 the Statute of Anne, as it is sometimes known, came into force on 10th April 1710. Despite going by the nickname of Copyright Act 1709 it was born with the much grander appellation: 'An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by vesting the Copies of Printed Books in the Authors or purchasers of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned'.

Do as we say, not as we do

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It's tempting, with the election just round the corner, to score a few cheap political points at the expense of Labour and the conservatives over the 'Ashes to Ashes' poster scandal... so I will.

If you haven't been following the story, the Labour party took a photo of actor Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt from Ashes to Ashes, photoshopped in David Cameron's face and put it on a poster with a tagline about going back to the 80s. The Conservatives took Labour's image, and changed the words to something more positive, and put it on their own posters. The problem is that it appears neither of them bothered with the trivial matter of getting approval from the copyright holders.

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World Day Against Cyber Censorship

Will Tovey's picture

Tomorrow (12th March) Reporters Without Borders will be celebrating World Day Against Cyber Censorship. While the UK is not on Reporters Without Borders' list of "Enemies of the Internet," we should not be complacent.

Internet censorship affects over 95% of UK Internet users with most of us unaware of it. Nearly all of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) filter all their web traffic using the Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) blacklist without notification or consent. The IWF is a non-government, non-regulated body whose remit is to block access to sites allegedly containing child abuse images or racist material. Whilst this is a noble goal, it is far from a perfect system.

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