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Reverse proxy of The Pirate Bay

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Pirate Party UK operated a reverse proxy of The Pirate Bay (TPB). This enabled people to use TPB even if their ISP blocks it.



The Reverse Proxy was set up on 19 April 2012. Following widespread publicity at the beginning of May, it was used by over 2 million people a day during the first half of that month.

Why did the Pirate Party do this?

We believe in freedom of expression and the right to express ideas and share information freely. Censorship, whether online or off, is not a valid solution in protecting either our cultural or economic future, if anything it anchors us to the past, harming innovation and propping up failed business models. It certainly isn't something that will reduce extremism or the spread of radical ideas, nor will it prevent child abuse. Censorship's only impact is to hide an underlying problem, allowing politicians and lobbyists to pretend it does not exist, or to announce that they have acted, rather than dealing with that problem directly. In the meantime, legitimate expression is stifled.

A free and open Internet is the cornerstone of any free and open modern society. It is essential for democracy, artistic expression, education and innovation, and we are deeply worried when we see unaccountable corporate interests being allowed to censor it via courts using legislation passed by Governments that do not understand the technology. It is a slippery slope: today, in the Hague, the Pirate Party Netherlands was forbidden from even discussing the means to circumvent state censorship, China censors dissenting opinion on public safety grounds, many authoritarian regimes have been criticised for preventing access to social media and anti-government opinions.

The UK is slowly building the infrastructure and processes to implement censorship through web-blocking orders, blacklists and excessive monitoring regimes, it is allowing corporate interests to exert excessive power online and even discussing the repression of unacceptable discussions with it's counter radicalisation programmes. We believe that this kind of censorship is utterly unacceptable, and we will continue to fight against censorship in all forms, using all lawful means at our disposal.


The Reverse Proxy was disabled on 17 December 2012 following legal threats from companies representing parts of the music industry.

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