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BPI court order sees legal Pirate Bay site blocked by some ISPs

Virgin Media, BE broadband and BT are currently blocking The Promo Bay, Pirate Bay's legit promotional platform for independent artists

This broad-brush website blocking caused Pirate Party's UK leader Loz Kaye to cry censorship.

Kaye told us, "This is exactly what we warned would happen. We hope it's a mistake, and we hope it will be rectified as soon as possible, but it really illustrates the dangers of web blocking."

Monday, 3 December, 2012 - 01:00

Twitter Joke Trial conviction overturned in High Court

Paul Chambers, the man who was found guilty of sending a menacing tweet and found himself at the centre of the Twitter Joke Trial, has won a High Court appeal against his conviction.

Loz Kaye leader of the UK political party, The Pirate Party, welcomed the decision, saying it was a victory for common sense.

"I am happy that this long running nightmare is over for Paul," said Kaye.

Friday, 27 July, 2012 - 01:00

Thousands Take to Streets Over Health Cuts

"A New Movement Is Forging"

One of Britain's biggest cities has been witnessing its largest-ever protest - as health cuts draw tens of thousands onto the streets. It's timed to catch members of the governing Conservative Party, who're descending on Manchester for their annual conference. We talked to one of Sunday's protesters to ask what has got the crowds fired up.

Sunday, 29 September, 2013 - 01:00

'They can't brush this under carpet': Pirate Party leader demands end to Big Brother spying at Manchester rally

MM had the opportunity to catch up with leader of Pirate Party, Loz Kaye, following Sunday’s protest.

The exposure of mass surveillance and the UK’S role in it is just one of the forces behind Pirate Party’s presence at the Tory Party Conference.

Mr Kaye, now three years into his role as leader, said: “We are still a country with net curtains.

“This march was about highlighting mass surveillance and how with the Snooper’s Charter rejected, we have had a debate on false premises. It was a democratic choice that we didn’t really have."

Thursday, 3 October, 2013 - 01:00

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)

Louder Than War Blog: Why is it always glass half empty for the British Music Industry?

Most of us have a mate who has a tendency to the glass half empty view of life. For every silver lining there is a cloud. When one door closes, so does another. That mate for bands and songwriters is music industry body, the British Phonographic Industry, affectionately known as the BPI. They never seem to miss an opportunity to rush in with an arm flailing press release wailing: "The pirates are coming! We're doooomed! Doooomed I tell you!" Or to be fair, currently it's "If it weren't for the lovely, yet tax averse Adele, we'd be dooooomed!"

While most people were nursing their New Year hangovers, the BPI were preparing their latest missive of doom- aka music sales volume figures from the previous year. Top of the headline was "Music Sales Slip in 2011", qualified by the next line "but digital singles and albums grow strongly". So the glass empty half first, which would leave any reader with the impression that overall, things are getting worse. 

Thursday, 12 January, 2012 (All day)

World Intellectual Property Review: UK copyright law- a change for the better?

A number of important alterations to UK copyright law are set come into effect later this year. TB&I investigates what they mean for rights owners.

“This is a long overdue update that rebalances copyright law in a sensible way,” says Loz Kaye of the planned modernisation to the UK copyright system. The leader of the Pirate Party UK and a relentless campaigner for digital rights, Kaye often squares off against copyright owners, lambasting them for impinging civil liberties.

 

Friday, 26 April, 2013 (All day)

People's Assembly: Democratic Reform

Speaker: 
Mr. Loz Kaye
Talk Date: 
Saturday, 22 June, 2013
Talk Location: 
People's Assembly
London
United Kingdom

BBC: Acta- European Parliament's Schulz criticises treaty

The president of the European Parliament has criticised the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta). On German television network ARD, Martin Schulz said of the treaty: "I don't find it good in its current form."

Mr Schulz's comments are a sign that Acta is in "real political trouble", according to Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK. "One of the things that's very interesting is that now the Acta agreement is coming under fire from all sides," he told the BBC.

Monday, 13 February, 2012 - 01:00

Game Politics: ACTA Provisions Rise From the Grave in CETA

Less than a week after the European Parliament voted to soundly reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), opponents of that measure are crying foul on a back door deal to get some of the treaty's worst provision enacted as part of another treaty.

"There now seems to be an new secret strategy to slip the most discredited aspects of ACTA into a different trade agreement," noted Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party.

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012 - 01:00

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