Internet Filtering

EU law that could make UK internet porn filters illegal is heading for a vote

For the past two years, the UK's internet service providers have been operating on an opt-in basis when it comes to certain adult content. Prime Minister David Cameron announced in July 2013 that pornography and gratuitous violence must be automatically blocked by ISPs whose customers then choose to opt-in to view it.

The new law would put an end to the UK "porn filter" as internet service providers would be barred from filtering such traffic from the start. Mobile phone operators in the UK have been using opt-in pornography filters for the past 10 years.

Yet the law may not be as wide ranging or clear cut as it seems, said Cris Chesha leader of the UK's Pirate Party. In the language of the law, "there are clear exceptions for court ordered IP blocks, and 'measures implementing this legislation such as a decision by public authorities', so there is no effect on either IP blocks or the government's objectionable content filters".

He called the new rules just "a small step in the right direction for consumers in that ISPs can no longer throttle connections" to allow preferred content to be delivered faster.

Chesha argued against the law's use of the phrase "net neutrality," stating the EU "should have no right to use the term". While these rules "claim to 'enshrine the principles of net neutrality into EU law'", he said: "That couldn't be further from the truth."

Monday, 13 July, 2015 - 19:00

BPI Threatens Legal Action Against Pirate Party Executive

Friday, 14 December, 2012 - 17:45

The Pirate Party UK can confirm that 6 members of the party have received letters from a solicitors firm acting on behalf of the BPI threatening legal action. Leader Loz Kaye has been singled out, along with the 4 other members of the National Executive and the party's head of IT.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Promo Bay Fiasco - Block Lifted

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012 - 21:15

Loz Kaye commented on reports that ISPs have been told that they no longer have to block The Promo Bay (a promotion tool for artists). This was following pressure put on music industry body the BPI.:

"The lifting of the Promo Bay block vindicates everything the Pirate Party has said on site blocking all along."

Promo Bay: Time for clarity

Monday, 3 December, 2012 - 16:00

Loz Kaye made the following statement regarding Promo Bay:

"The conflicting reports around access to Promo Bay in the UK show how vital it is to have transparency about court decisions and how they are carried out. It also shows how volatile public opinion is about the issue of web censorship. Politicians and companies need to start to understand that."

BPI requests proxy closure

Thursday, 29 November, 2012 - 22:30

Loz Kaye issued the following statement regarding the reports that the BPI had sent the Pirate Party UK a letter demanding the closure of the Pirate Party UK Pirate Bay Proxy:

Late this afternoon I received an email from Geoff Taylor at the BPI indicating that a letter had been sent to the Pirate Party, as well as an electronic copy of that letter which refers to our provision of a Pirate Bay Proxy. We have not yet received the letter by post.

BPI wants more site blocking, for Christmas

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 - 08:45

The BPI has demanded that UK ISPs start blocking three new torrent sites, or face being dragged through the courts.

The news comes just a week after yet another study proved that users of filesharing networks spend more money on music than non-sharers. Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye commented:

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:

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].

A proxy for an open Internet

Thursday, 10 May, 2012 - 20:45

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.

The Pirate Party UK's proxy for the Pirate Bay

Thursday, 10 May, 2012 - 17:00

The Pirate Party UK hosts a proxy through which internet users can access the Pirate Bay, if their country's government or ISP have decided to censor it. We have been hosting this proxy for some time and will continue to do so for as long as we are able.

https://tpb.pirateparty.org.uk/

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