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The Pirate Bay Proxy, an Open Internet and Censorship.

The Pirate Party UK has hosted a proxy (tpb.pirateparty.org.uk), allowing people to connect to the Pirate Bay via Pirate Party servers since the 19th of April 2012.  We provided the proxy as a tool for users on networks where the Pirate Bay is blocked through filtering, and in support of our sister party in the Netherlands.  It continues to be a legitimate route for those affected by court orders issued to some (but not all) UK ISP's requiring the site to be blocked. Whilst some providers continue to allow access to the web in an unfiltered manner, others are limiting access to specific parts of the internet.

To date our proxy has seen in excess of 10 million hits, with almost 2 million additional visitors making use of the proxy each day, more than 5 GigaBytes of data (but not content) has been transferred in the last 24 hours alone. 

UK sleepwalking into comprehensive site blocking

Thursday, 2 February, 2012 - 18:30

Yesterday, Justice Arnold ruled that the popular filesharing site PirateBay was guilty of copyright infringement, and so were its users. This opens the door to rightsholders demanding that BT start blocking the site, as happened in the recent Newzbin2 case.

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2012/268.html

The Coalition Has No Digital Rights Policy

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The Pirate Party movement believes that the way information is shared and controlled is a key fight in 21st century politics. The Internet gives us tools to participate in a more active and equal way in culture, political life and the economy - if we are able to grasp them. These tools, which we could only have only dreamt about two decades ago, have opened up a new front in politics. Every key story this year has had a digital dimension; from the riots to “Hackgate”, from the Middle East to failings in our education system. We all should have the right to take part in the peaceful information revolution.

Web-blocking and Illegal Sites

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In the last week there have been three stories in the news concerning copyright infringement and "illegal websites". In each case, a group with an interest in enforcing copyright has called for or announced measures against such websites, but this raises an important question of what makes a website illegal. In terms of copyright infringement this is a very tricky question as there is no easy way to tell whether content or a service is unlawful.

A Guide to the Digital Economy Act - Part 4

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This is the fourth in a series of posts explaining what the Digital Economy Act will do, how it works and how it will affect individuals.

  1. Introduction and the Initial Obligations Code
  2. Technical Measures to Limit Internet Access
  3. Subscriber Appeals
  4. Web-blocking
  5. Other Provisions and Summary

This series is aimed at providing an objective and descriptive overview of the legislation, rather than opinion or comment on the content. Some parts may be legally technical

The Digital Economy Bill has passed

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So. The Digital Economy Bill -- soon to be the Digital Economy Act -- has passed its third reading.

Numerous campaigning groups opposed this bill -- The Open Rights GroupDon't Disconnect Us38 Degrees. Unfortunately they failed, because politicians don't listen to reasoned argument, and care more about corporate interests than the rights of the British people (there are a few honourable exceptions, for example Tom Watson).

World Day Against Cyber Censorship

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Tomorrow (12th March) Reporters Without Borders will be celebrating World Day Against Cyber Censorship. While the UK is not on Reporters Without Borders' list of "Enemies of the Internet," we should not be complacent.

Internet censorship affects over 95% of UK Internet users with most of us unaware of it. Nearly all of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) filter all their web traffic using the Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) blacklist without notification or consent. The IWF is a non-government, non-regulated body whose remit is to block access to sites allegedly containing child abuse images or racist material. Whilst this is a noble goal, it is far from a perfect system.

Lib Dems make the Digital Economy Bill even worse

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The government's Digital Economy Bill has just got even worse:

Imagine that, in the Summer of last year, you had been following the MP's expenses scandal and heard that The Telegraph was publishing a rather less redacted version that MP's were prepared to give us. Interested, you navigated your way to www.telegraph.co.uk only to find it was not responding. After some searching around and asking friends you discover that the website has been blocked by most major UK ISP's. It seems a junior official in Parliament had asked them to block The Telegraph for copyright violation.

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