MUSIC LAW UPDATES: Pirate Party makes European policy progress

The UK’s Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye told The Inquirer: “With the recent election victory in Berlin and now the Green EU Block adopting key Pirate Party positions, the movement continues to grow in its influence. This is because of the strength of our ideas. There are real challenges to digital rights world wide – site blocking, three strikes laws and the global intellectual property law treaty ACTA – and people are looking to us to stand up to the industry lobbyists. It’s vital that we work at an international level to combat these threats to the open web”.

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 (All day)

Twitter joke trial lurches forward

PAUL CHAMBERS, the man at the centre of the Twitter Joke Trial, will have his case heard before three judges after the UK High Court failed to come to a decision on his future.


Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 23:00

Pirate Party slams Government broadband strategy

THE PIRATE PARTY has hit out at the Government, saying that its professed strategy to provide broadband for all is contradicted by its Digital Economy Act (DEA).

Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye told The INQUIRER, "The coalition can not on one hand call the Internet 'the fourth utility', and on the other support legislation like the Digital Economy Act which threatens to cut whole households from the web."

He added, "Digital exclusion will add another layer of poverty to already struggling neighbourhoods in the UK, and cement poor education outcomes."

Wednesday, 7 December, 2011 - 23:00

UK police are free to confiscate travellers’ phones

UK Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye said that the revelation comes at a time when people are increasingly worried about privacy.

"These revelations are a further embarrassment for the UK. What with this, GCHQ and TEMPORA it's a wonder that anyone wants to come here at all. Once again we can see mission creep in the name of fighting terrorism. It's not enough for the Met to say that the Terrorism Act 2000 is subject to scrutiny, it's the powers themselves that are too broad," said Kaye.

Monday, 15 July, 2013 - 23:00

Aaron Swartz's legacy

Tributes are being paid to web activist and developer Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide at the weekend. At the time of his death he faced hacking charges in the US for downloading academic research documents. Voice of Russia spoke to Loz Kaye, Leader of the Pirate Party.

Aaron Swartz, 26 when he died, helped create RSS, one of the earliest ways of freeing data on the internet and co-founded the news collator Reddit.


Tuesday, 15 January, 2013 - 23:00

UPI: U.K. ISPs ordered to block torrent sites

Loz Kaye, the leader of Pirate Party UK, said the BPI was "out of control."

"The British music industry has nothing positive to show from their site blocks and personal legal threats," he said.

"Looking at sales figures from 2012, you can't draw the conclusion that stopping access to the Pirate Bay did anything to help artists."

"The United Kingdom has now handed the power over what we see on the Internet to corporate lobbyists," he said.


Thursday, 28 February, 2013 - 23:00

Forbes: Isohunt Closure

According to Loz Kaye Leader of the Pirate Party in the UK, the MPAA's victory was a pointless gesture in the age of Netflix and Spotify- "The attacks on filesharing sites are an endless, fruitless game of whack-a-mole."


Thursday, 17 October, 2013 - 22:00

BBC MUNDO: Partidos Pirata europeos quieren demandar a Estados Unidos por cierre de Megaupload

Un tercer aspecto legal que estos partidos quieren poner sobre la mesa, es el hecho de que Estados Unidos tenga legitimidad para detener a personas de otras nacionalidades fuera de sus fronteras.

"El FBI ha usado un martillo muy largo para romper su nuez", opina Loz Kaye, líder del Partido Pirata en Reino Unido.

Thursday, 26 January, 2012 - 22:00

Hackers are being radicalised by government policy

LulzSec is not an isolated phenomenon – official efforts to control the internet are increasing online radicalisation.

Now that the LulzSec boat has sailed over the horizon, it seems a good moment to take stock of the past weeks' "hacktivism" frenzy. We've been bombarded with images of oddballs lurking in murky chatrooms – geeky teenagers who are simultaneously global cyber-villains. Given the reporting, we'd be forgiven for thinking that it's all about the personal obsessions of a few nerds. This would be to ignore the wider context.

Tuesday, 28 June, 2011 - 22:00

'Anonymous' hacktivists expose the intelligence gap

As long as western governments fail to live up to their ideals, there will be those who are determined to embarrass them.

I have pointed out before that if people feel that the usual democratic routes are pointless they will find means of direct action and protest. Many balk at Anonymous's apparent disregard for the potential human collateral in their methods – but there is no denying that its mix of satire and activism is a powerful combination.

Monday, 9 January, 2012 - 22:00


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