Web Filtering

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.


The threat of Internet Filtering - "To belong here is to believe in these things"

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This week the Home Secretary Theresa May unveiled the Coalition Government's optimistically titled new counter terrorism strategy 'prevent'¹.  'Prevent' is being billed by the Government as a way to deal with all forms of terrorism and extremism that the country is supposedly overrun by, as well as things like non-violent extremism and harmful ideas being disseminated by groups hell bent on... well, something.  


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.

World Day Against Cyber Censorship

Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 20:15

This was originally posted on 11th March.

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.