Web Blocking

European court ruling against web blocking - what this means for the UK

Monday, 28 November, 2011 - 14:30

Last week, the European Court of Justice ruled on a case between Belgian copyright association SABAN and the ISP Scarlet. SABAM, who collect license fees for musical recordings, had been demanding that the ISP implement technology to detect when its users were filesharing recordings they had rights over, and block them. This would have involved snooping on all users' communications, and, like all web-blocking technologies, would have resulted in any number of false positives whilst failing to deter serious infringers.

Pirate Party UK Presses Minister on Web Blocking, Evidence Based Policy

Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 15:30

Loz Kaye - Pirate Party UK Leader:

On Tuesday I met with the Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey, along with interested groups including ORG, Coadec, LINX, a representative of the ISPs, and the Tax Payers Alliance. The meeting was intended to address the outcry over secret meetings between Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the big media industry players, and to put forward a different view to the lobbyists from the publishing groups, who have dominated the Internet policy agenda for far too long.

Pirate Party UK condemns kneejerk blocking of social media

Thursday, 11 August, 2011 - 14:45

The country is recovering from the scenes of arson, looting and violence that have shocked us all over the last few days. Thankfully, we have had a night of relative calm. This has been without the use of bullets, the army, water cannon or any of the extreme measures that many have called for recently. We have also seen the best side of the Internet, with communities rapidly organising clean ups through social media.

It is therefore all the more regretable that the Government is considering restrictions on Twitter and Facebook.

The Prime Minister stated:

Digital Economy Act 'Unworkable'

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011 - 10:30

Today the Pirate Party UK would like to welcome Business Secretary Vince Cable's increased opposition to the web blocking measures (as proposed in the Digital Economy Act) and his positive stance toward reforming the law regarding private copying and exceptions for parody.

The legalisation of "format shifting" is an overdue common sense update to the law.

Newzbin2 Judgement: Day One of state censorship of the Internet in the UK.

Thursday, 28 July, 2011 - 13:45

The Pirate Party expresses serious concern at the judgement handed down today in the so-called "Newzbin2" case (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp & Ors v British Telecommunications Plc). Major film studios have successfully been granted an injunction against British Telecom, forcing BT to block internet users from accessing the Newzbin2 file-sharing site. This is the first case where a UK ISP has been ordered to restrict their service in some way to prevent users from accessing a third party, external service.

Pirate Party Alarmed by Extra-Judicial Web Blocking Initiative

Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 - 16:00

The Pirate Party UK has learned that the Motion Pictures Association (MPA), British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey are urging British Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to implement a new and secretive extra-judicial web-blocking scheme. This scheme is intended to block websites alleged to facilitate copyright infringement, after copyright industry impatience due to delays in the implementation of the Digital Economy Act.

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.

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.

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