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Court realises The Pirate Bay block is ineffective

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014 - 16:15

In 2010 Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN began proceedings which led to Dutch ISPs being required to block access to The Pirate Bay. This success led subsequently to the UK courts forcing UK ISPs to enact similar blocks.

Yesterday the Dutch courts decided that these blocks are ineffective and are no longer required. Furthermore BREIN has been asked to pay legal fees.

Pirate Party UK's Leader Loz Kaye said:

Inside Default Web Blocking - Part 1

After sustained government pressure, 3 of the 4 major UK ISPs now offer web filtering products to their customers.   What filtering is going on? How effective is it? What's next?   These are questions with complex answers. The UK does not, as yet, have as invasive a system as the Great Firewall of China, but features nearly all of the same technologies, problems and circumvention techniques. In this two-part article, I will focus on the new ISP content filters and their varying implementations.   As a expert in internet and networking technologies as well as internet regulatory measures, I took it upon myself to analyse, in detail, the current state of UK web blocking by compiling information from a number of government, media and industry data sources in order to analyse issues with both the available filtering categories and the consistency of their implementation.

Filesharer sentenced to three years' probation

A 58-year-old grandmother has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegal music downloading.

Muir was caught downloading the tracks after an investigation by two music trade bodies, British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Loz Kaye, the leader of the UK Pirate Party, said he was "hugely dismayed" by Muir's "disproportionate sentence". He added: "The evidence should have been properly tested in court. It seems now there is a pattern of rights holders targeting vulnerable people to score quick wins for publicity."

Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 23:00

Surfthechannel owner sentenced to four years over piracy

Anton Vickerman, whose website had around 400,000 users a day, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud in June following an eight-week trial at Newcastle crown court.

He is the first British man to be jailed in the UK for a website that linked to illegal copies of films and TV shows.

However, critics of the private prosecution described the jail term as "deeply concerning, inappropriate and disproportionate". Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK, said the prosecution should never have been brought and was driven by private interests.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 - 01:00

TVShack founder Richard O’Dwyer faces US extradition after Home Office ruling

The home secretary, Theresa May, has approved the extradition of TVShack founder, Richard O'Dwyer, to the US, where he could face up to five years in prison.

The 23-year-old, who studied at Sheffield Hallam University, set up the site nearly four years ago, offering users links to websites which steamed movies and TV programmes.

Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye wrote on Twitter that he was appalled by the decision.

Tuesday, 13 March, 2012 (All day)

'Piracy' student Richard O'Dwyer avoids US extradition

A student facing trial and possible imprisonment in the United States has struck a deal to avoid extradition, the High Court has been told.

Richard O'Dwyer, from Sheffield, is accused of breaking copyright laws. The US authorities claimed the 24-year-old's TVShack website hosted links to pirated films and TV programmes.

Loz Kaye, leader of Pirate Party UK, a political party which wants to legalise non-commercial file-sharing, said the deal struck by Mr O'Dwyer showed the US extradition request had been "disproportionate and unnecessary".

"It does not remove the underlying problem, though. The US cannot be allowed to be the copyright cops of the world," he said.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 (All day)

Planet Ivy: Piracy Crackdowns Are officially useless

Has a corner been turned in the fight against online piracy? Last week, UK internet service providers were told to block 21 websites believed to facilitate illegal music downloads. 

But is this definitely good news for the content providers? You’d think the answer would be obvious. If fewer places online are illegally sharing paid-for content, then it stands to reason the creators of that content won’t be losing out nearly as much. But it might not be that simple – one recent study suggests that piracy might actually be helping the entertainment industry.

Tuesday, 5 November, 2013 (All day)

The Independent: Game of Thrones and 'Piracy'

Loz Kaye comments in the Independent on 'Game of Thrones' being top of the 'pirate' charts. "It is heavy-handed intellectual property regulation and licensing that is holding companies back," Mr Kaye said. "It is ludicrous that fans actually have to form a group called 'Take My Money, HBO!' because the only way they can see Game of Thrones is by pirating."

Sunday, 31 March, 2013 - 15:00

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:

Reporters Without Borders prepare new "virtual shelter" against censorship

Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 - 11:15

Reporters without Borders have announced the launch of a "virtual shelter" to allow people to share banned and censored materials, at

Ed Geraghty, Pirate Party UK International affairs spokesperson, said

"We welcome the news, it's just a shame that this sort of thing is still needed"


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