Loz Kaye

Calls for brakes to be put on ‘zombie’ car parks

People living in Manchester city centre have hit out at unsafe ‘­zombie’ car parks springing up on the sites of old buildings.

Concerned residents have slammed the car parks as shoddy and dangerous and have reported a series of health and safety concerns at sites near the former BBC building in Oxford Road and River Street near the Mancunian Way.

Those two car parks are run by Essex-based firm Total Car Parks and it is understood that Manchester council and the British Parking Association – which represents car park operators – are now investigating.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 - 01:00

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

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)

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