UK Pirate Party drops its Pirate Bay proxy after legal bullying; international Pirate Parties take up the slack

The UK Pirate Party abandoned its fight against the BPI -- Britain's answer to the RIAA -- over its proxy for reaching The Pirate Bay, which is blocked by court order in the UK. The Party's executive had been personally threatened with legal action by the BPI and couldn't afford to risk home and family fighting this fight. But other Pirate Parties took up the slack: new, unblocked Pirate Bay proxies have been established by Pirate Party Luxembourg and Pirate Party Argentina:

“Due to pressure from lobbyists, politicians all over Europe are incited to expand the censorship infrastructure to prevent freedom of expression, the right to information and the free exchange of culture. With our proxy, we help to circumvent the Internet censorship of European countries,” Luxembourg Pirate Party President Sven Clement says.

The Argentinian Pirate Party is sending a similar message, and invites those who can’t access The Pirate Bay due to blockades to use their proxy.

“We wish the UK Pirate Party best of luck in their continued fight for free access to culture and knowledge. We have put up our own Pirate Bay proxy which is accessible from anywhere in the world, including the UK and other places where it has been censored.”

Pirate Bay Censorship Backfires as New Proxies Bloom [TorrentFreak]

See also: UK record industry spokesman wants you to know why his employers are going after Pirate Party execs personally


  1. Theoretically can’t you still reach it via Tor?  Since TPB doesn’t actually host anything other than magnet files it’s not like you’d be straining the Tor network just surfing.

  2. I didn’t get a clear answer from the earlier story – isn’t the Pirate Party a corporation?  Aren’t its officers protected from personal liability under UK law? 

    IANAL, but in my understanding it would be impossible in the USA to sue Obama personally, for example, if one claimed to be damaged by the Democratic Party.  You can sue the party, but not its members, because it’s a corporation.

    Is UK law that much different?  Or was BPI just being really really creative?

    1. That isn’t always true in the US or the UK.  If Obama bribes a government official, the Democratic party might eat a fine or something legal consequences  but Obama would also personally face jail time (pardons not withstanding).  Being incorporated offers a lot of cover, but just because you are acting as an agent for a corporation doesn’t mean that you don’t have to personally worry about breaking the law.  

      You are generally right that being incorporated offers up a lot of protection, but it isn’t a perfect shield.  That said, it does generally shield pretty well against civil suits, at least in the US.  I would think that the UK law that they would be using would fall under civil law and so the people would be personally protected, at least in the US.

      1. In theory, anyone can sue anyone for anything.  The case might not stand up in court, but they can make it expensive to defend yourself, as long as it looks convincing enough to pass a first glance.  And in a case like this, where the relevant laws were mostly written by the plaintiffs, there’s every chance that it would stand up.

  3. You mean … the internet routed around damage? Like it’s supposed to?

    Today is a good day. Well done, internets.

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