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."

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:

Piracy statistics - Torrents continue despite web-blocking

Monday, 17 September, 2012 - 14:00

MusicMetric have released an in-depth study of the digital music industry revealing that UK-based BitTorrent consumption hit 43 million album and single releases downloaded during the first half of 2012.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye commented:

Web-blocking and Illegal Sites

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In the last week there have been three stories in the news concerning copyright infringement and "illegal websites". In each case, a group with an interest in enforcing copyright has called for or announced measures against such websites, but this raises an important question of what makes a website illegal. In terms of copyright infringement this is a very tricky question as there is no easy way to tell whether content or a service is unlawful.

Scottish nurse handed harsh sentence for non-commercial file-sharing

Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 15:15

The UK Pirate Party are disappointed and concerned with the news today that Anne Muir, a 58-year-old axillary Nurse Ayr who is said to suffer from depression, has been handed what we believe to be a massively disproportionate sentence of 3 years probation for sharing music.

Pirate Party UK outraged by Scottish filesharing conviction

Tuesday, 10 May, 2011 - 18:15

he Pirate Party UK was appalled to hear today of the conviction of 58 year-old auxiliary nurse Anne Muir in the Ayr Sheriff Court under section 107(1)(e) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act for alleged peer-to-peer file-sharing. This is the first criminal conviction for P2P file-sharing in Scotland.

Stop Copyright Extension Now

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Once again a move to extend copyright is making its way through the European Parliament. The move to extend the copyright on sound recordings (and other "neighbouring rights") began in April 2009 when, under intense pressure from the music publishing lobby, the European Parliament agreed to increase the duration of this copyright from 50 years to 70 years (compromising on the Commission's and lobbyists' demand of 95 years).

However, before this could be implemented, elections were called and a new Parliament was voted in, including one member from the Pirate movement. Now, nearly two years later, this process has been resurrected following a change of heart within the Danish government.

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.


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