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Pirate Bay proxy gets shut down after music industry legal threat

"Despite attempts by elected members to resolve this situation, the law at present is clear and makes any decision to continue hosting the proxy untenable," said the party's lawyer, Frances Nash.

Speaking to the BBC, Pirate Party UK leader Mr Kaye said taking on the BPI in court would have been "financially impossible", but said he was happy with his party's stance up to this point.

"No political action is wasted," he told the BBC.

"I look forward to carrying on the political work in 2013. This year has been a fantastic year for our brand of politics. It's clear that it's becoming politically poisonous to be anti-internet."

 

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 - 23:00

BPI pushes ISPs for more web censorship

Further plans from the BPI to force ISPs to block a range of file sharing sites have been branded "frustrating" and "extreme" by the Pirate Party UK and the Open Rights Group. 

The comments from the Pirate Party UK and Open Rights Group (ORG) come after the recording industry organisation put proposals in place to force the likes of BT, Virgin and TalkTalk to block torrent sites Kickass Torrents, H33t and Fenopy. 

"Everything we have seen up to now suggests they will be calling for ever more draconian interference threatening the digital economy, our personal freedoms and privacy," Kaye said.


 

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 - 23:00

Forbes: UK Government Takes Control Freak Approach To Tech

Loz Kaye talks to Forbes about the dangers of the Government's inconsistent approach to technology, the 'Great Firewall of Cameron', the problems of the DCMS ministry and it's implications for business.

"They have to engage with the tech community in a broader sense, or it simply isn't going to work and we are going to be left behind."

Monday, 13 January, 2014 - 22:00

EE denies selling user data to tracking firm

RESEARCH FIRM Ipsos Mori has been accused of shopping around identifying details for 27 million EE mobile phone users, although the network has debunked the reports. 

Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye found reports of the death of the deal rather hard to swallow.

"It's tempting to think that EE have taken their name Everything Everywhere too literally. Ipsos Mori seem to want to have it both ways. Given the well documented problems with anonymisation, while Ben Page's statements are welcome, they are not entirely reassuring. It's difficult to square these promises with Ipsos Mori's announcement to the markets back in April that the deal will give 'the ability to access EE's entire database', he said.

Monday, 13 May, 2013 - 22:00

ORGZINE How the Government turned anti social media

Loz Kaye responds to David Cameron's potential idea of a social media block in 'emergencies'.

It is typical of this Government’s approach to set out an unfeasible course of action, then expect others to implement it - in this case “the police, the intelligence services and industry “. It turns the police into passive observers and reactors, rather active participants working in a proportionate manner with communities. It was this that restored calm to our streets - not squaddies, bullets, or water cannon - and certainly not censorship. We need to look at root causes, not blame channels of communication.

Monday, 15 August, 2011 - 22:00

ORGZINE: Humans Have No Default Setting

Loz Kaye, Leader of the Pirate Party UK, looks at why the Snoopers Charter has crawled its way back into the political agenda, and why it will it may not solve the problems that politicians are hoping it will.

It is vital that as a digital rights movement we do not just protect our interests, without taking a wider interest in the society in which we take part. That will rightly lay us open to the charge of being shortsighted and anti-social. But of course poverty, abuse and racism are difficult to deal with. It is far more attractive for politicians to blame the Internet when they are under pressure from the tabloids. It's simpler to hold out promises of magic technological solutions even if they have no basis in reality.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 - 21:00

Bit Tech: Cameron to announce block-by-default web filters

The Prime Minister David Cameron is due to make a speech to a child protection charity today which pledges government support for mandatory pornography filtering on UK internet connections - a move which has privacy and anti-censorship activists concerned.

Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party, told us: "With search engine blocks and web filters, there is no foolproof 100% block solution. It will always be too much or not enough. This is utterly technologically illiterate. It can not possibly work in the way that Cameron and the Labour Party press office wants."

Monday, 22 July, 2013 - 21:00

The Next Web: How the Pirate Party aims to shake up digital politics

In the digital age, politics can often seem stuck in the past and unable to keep up with the pace of technology. One exception to this is the Pirate Party movement. Emerging in Sweden in the middle of the last decade, it quickly spread around Europe and the world, with a political emphasis on issues like copyright and privacy.

A surge in interest in the Pirate Party movement began after Sweden’s party saw success in the 2009 European Elections. One place in which this was true was the UK, where the Pirate Party UK emerged, quickly gaining support as a result of the controversy surrounding a group of laws called the Digital Economy Act, which (among other things) allow for anyone even suspected of having carried out illegal file sharing to have their Internet connection removed by their ISP.

I met up with Pirate Party UK leader, Laurence “Loz” Kaye, to find out more about the movement.

Saturday, 9 July, 2011 - 01:00

Wired: Laurence Kaye vs Laurence Kaye- the pirate and the lawyer in conversation

Laurence Kaye, known as Loz Kaye, is the leader of the Pirate Party, which strives to reform copyright and patent laws and drive state transparency and open rights.

Laurence Kaye , known as Laurie Kaye, is a lawyer specialising in digital law and intellectual property. Wired.co.uk took the opportunity to get both Laurence Kayes into a room to talk about the Digital Economy Act, copyright reform, site-blocking and the Digital Copyright Exchange.

Tuesday, 3 January, 2012 (All day)

Digital Economy Act: A Foregone Conclusion?

Was the Digital Economy Act always going to be implemented? The latest revelations in the Act’s complex two year history shows that it was always going to happen, and that public consultation on the matter was just a sham.

“These documents show how outrageously complicit everyone from the entertainment industry, politicians and unions were in framing the Digital Economy Act,” PPUK Chair Loz Kaye told TorrentFreak.

Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 01:00

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