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IT PRO: Pirate Bay UK future in doubt after High Court decision

The Pirate Bay has taken a hit in the UK after a judge at the High Court said the file-sharing site infringed on copyrights of major record labels.

Today Justice Arnold ruled the Pirate Bay and its users unlawfully share copyrighted music, after the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) led Sony and other record labels in taking their complaint to court.

“This hearing clearly demonstrates the limitations of merely requiring judicial involvement in censorship orders. Without any party there to represent either the website or its users (including lawful users), there was no opportunity to raise any defence as to the damage allegedly done by the site, or the proportionality in blocking the entire website,” said Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK.


 

Monday, 20 February, 2012 - 01:00

BT is the final major ISP to block The Pirate Bay

BT is the UK's final major internet service provider to block The Pirate Bay, following a high court order for ISPs censor the torrent site.

The Pirate Party's leader, Loz Kaye, said, "Last year, Vince Cable promised the country that the site blocking provisions of the Digital Economy Act would not be implemented, this was widely interpreted as meaning the coalition is opposed to web censorship."

"Blocks on Pirate Bay have effectively short-circuited the democratic process."

Thursday, 21 June, 2012 - 01:00

Music industry group BPI demands pirate proxy closure

The UK's music industry body is demanding that a service offering a workaround to access banned site The Pirate Bay is shut down by its owner.

Pirate Party UK, a political group, has set up a proxy that can be used to reach the piracy site even though it has been blocked by the UK courts. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has written to the party's leader Loz Kaye to request the proxy's removal.

Mr Kaye told the BBC his party was "seeking legal advice".

"We've been clear all along, the reasons for the proxy," Mr Kaye added. "It is a legitimate tool, for a legitimate political end."

Thursday, 29 November, 2012 (All day)

BPI pushes ISPs for more web censorship

Further plans from the BPI to force ISPs to block a range of file sharing sites have been branded "frustrating" and "extreme" by the Pirate Party UK and the Open Rights Group. 

The comments from the Pirate Party UK and Open Rights Group (ORG) come after the recording industry organisation put proposals in place to force the likes of BT, Virgin and TalkTalk to block torrent sites Kickass Torrents, H33t and Fenopy. 

"Everything we have seen up to now suggests they will be calling for ever more draconian interference threatening the digital economy, our personal freedoms and privacy," Kaye said.


 

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 - 23:00

BPI court order sees legal Pirate Bay site blocked by some ISPs

Virgin Media, BE broadband and BT are currently blocking The Promo Bay, Pirate Bay's legit promotional platform for independent artists

This broad-brush website blocking caused Pirate Party's UK leader Loz Kaye to cry censorship.

Kaye told us, "This is exactly what we warned would happen. We hope it's a mistake, and we hope it will be rectified as soon as possible, but it really illustrates the dangers of web blocking."

Monday, 3 December, 2012 - 01:00

The Guardian: Why we are breaking the Pirate Bay ban

We must not hand courts and governments censorship powers without a public debate about digital rights.

Digital rights are big news these days. The demise of the Acta treaty, unleashed a wave of articles. One told us Acta had nothing to do with freedom of speech. Another, "Acta is dead in the EU", brought up a page saying "Error – Site Blocked", if you are a UK BT customer. That is because it is the blog of the file sharing site Pirate Bay.

 

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012 - 01:00

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

UK Court Orders Further Site Blocks

Thursday, 28 February, 2013 - 16:30

The High Court has ordered the UK's largest ISPs to block yet more sites at the request of the music industry. Now Internet service providers must also prevent access to Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

"The British music industry has nothing positive to show from their site blocks and personal legal threats. Looking at sales figures from 2012, you can't draw the conclusion that stopping access to the Pirate Bay did anything to help artists."

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