Political party Pirate Party UK targeted by BPI
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/03/2012 -- A proxy website that links to previously banned media download site has been targeted by a British music industry. The site has been cited for violating copyright laws, and the industry is demanding that the proxy site shut down access to the banned site.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has requested that the site, operated by political party Pirate Party UK, shut down access to The Pirate Bay immediately. The Pirate Bay was determined to be in violation of copyright laws and has since been block by United Kingdom courts.
BPI requested closure of the link to The Pirate Bay in a letter to Pirate Party UK's leader, Loz Kaye, who told the BBC that his party is currently "seeking legal advice" in regard to the request.
"We've been clear all along, the reasons for the proxy," Kaye said. "It is a legitimate tool, for a legitimate political end."
Representatives from the political party say that it established the proxy website as an act of "freedom of expression," along with the right to "share information and ideas without interference and that censorship is never the right answer."
In response, Geoff Taylor, BPI's chief executive, stated "Freedom of expression is not an absolute right.
"It comes with a duty to respect the rights of others, including those whose talent, hard work and investment help to create music and other entertainment."
Meanwhile, response to the creation of the proxy website has been extremely positive for the Pirate Party UK's website.
In research provided by Alexa, a Web metrics supplier, the political party's website was ranked 1,943 in the U.K. prior to launching the proxy website. Since that time, it has risen all the way to 147th, higher than more well-known websites like the Huffington Post and Netflix.
Taylor requested that the Pirate Party UK respond to the letter by December 6. Kaye told the BBC they plan to have their response prepared by that time.
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