Digital Economy Bill

Pirate Party UK Strongly Condemns Passage of the Digital Economy Bill

Thursday, 8 April, 2010 - 01:15

Today marks a sombre day for Britain's digital future as Members of Parliament appeared from the woodwork to force through fatally flawed and disturbingly draconian piece of legislation, despite wide-ranging objections from all corners of the chamber both over the content of the Bill and the manner in which it was passed.

Pirate Party Slams Lack of Democracy in Digital Economy Bill

Tuesday, 6 April, 2010 - 23:00

This afternoon saw the second reading debate of the highly-controversial Digital Economy Bill in the House of Commons. This was the first opportunity for our current elected officials to have their say and yet took place within hours of the government announcing the general election.The wash-up process, which gives extremely limited time for scrutiny and debate, is supposed to be used solely for non-contentious legislation.

Pirate Party UK criticises Digital Economy Bill Clause 18

Wednesday, 31 March, 2010 - 14:30

The government has released details of their alternative to the controversial Clause 18 of the Digital Economy Bill, which allows injunctions to be brought against websites that infringe copyright or even merely link to other websites that do.

The new clause maintains the "web blocking" provisions, but significantly lowers the bar for injunctions, now only requiring that it is "likely" that infringing content can be obtained from an online location, made available from an online location or can be used to access one of those locations.

10,000 people call for proper debate on the Digital Economy Bill

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The Digital Economy Bill has always been highly controversial. It threatens to take away the right to a fair trial, it threatens to kill off Wi-Fi hotspots, it threatens to introduce collective punishment and places ridiculous burdens on both ISPs and their customers. It is (if the rumours that amendment 120a came directly from the desk of Richard Mollet, Director of Public Affairs at the BPI are true) quite literally a law written by the record companies for the record companies.

General Election 2010 -- Out on the Falling Tide

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It's now just over a week since you last heard from me, and I'm sure you'll all wondering, "What's going on in the world of campaigns?"  You'll be pleased to hear that not only are we making good progress on improving our media relations, but we've also had several people step forward to help out with the various jobs that need doing -- and I'm also going to explain how our campaign's going to be organised.  And don't forget the protest against the Digital Economy Bill next week -- be there and show our colours!

Pirate Party UK criticises inconsistencies in BASCAP report

Wednesday, 17 March, 2010 - 18:45

The Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) today released a study on the supposed effects piracy has and will have on the EU's Creative Industries. The Pirate Party has criticised the report for containing dubious facts, inconsistencies and sloppy methodology.

Panorama: Separating Fact from Fiction

Tuesday, 16 March, 2010 - 03:15

The Pirate Party UK has come out as highly critical of the BBC's recent Panorama programme for its disappointing coverage of the Digital Economy Bill.

The True Effects of the Digital Economy Bill

Saturday, 13 March, 2010 - 21:00

Yet more data has come to light supporting the Pirate Party's opposition of the Digital Economy Bill (DEB). Not only will it fail to reduce piracy, but it will drive pirates to even more sophisticated and harder-to-monitor technologies.

The True Effects of the Digital Economy Bill

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Yet more data has come to light supporting the Pirate Party's opposition of the Digital Economy Bill (DEB). Not only will it fail to reduce piracy, but it will drive pirates to even more sophisticated and harder-to-monitor technologies.

The most recent nail in the coffin of this misguided legislation has been supplied by UK ISP TalkTalk.A survey of their customers revealed that 80% of 18-34 year olds would simply seek out new - and as yet undetectable - ways to download, and felt that they would be more likely to commit online piracy if the Bill were to become law.

World Day Against Cyber Censorship

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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.