BPI poised to sue the Pirate Party


The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is planning to sue the UK Pirate Party for failing to remove a proxy server that provides access to the Pirate Bay.

Chief executive of the BPI Geoff Taylor wrote to the party’s leader Loz Kaye in December, warning that the organisation will take legal action over the server. The proxy provides access to the file-sharing site via the Pirate Party’s website.

The warning follows the BPI’s request in November to remove access to the site, which six major UK Internet service providers were forced to block earlier this year. The BPI fought a legal battle to secure the blocks.

Kaye maintains that the proxy server, set up before the court order in April, is legal. He has stated that Pirate Bay is not blocked by all ISPs, and other proxy servers provide access to the site. There are millions of proxy servers online.

The BPI confirmed that “the Pirate Party is determined to continue providing access to the illegal Pirate Bay site”. 

The Pirate Party, a minor political group in the UK, is not affiliated with the Pirate Bay. The Pirate Party did not respond to requests to comment. 

This article was first published on 13 December 2012 in World IP Review

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