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BPI Threatens To Sue the UK Pirate Party Over Proxy 60

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-them-to-court dept.
Techmeology writes "The BPI has threatened to sue the Pirate Party for allowing people access to The Pirate Bay through its proxy service. The leader of the Pirate Party UK, Loz Kaye said his party would go to court over the issue. Kaye said that he was determined to defend his party's principles even in the face of an expensive legal battle."
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BPI Threatens To Sue the UK Pirate Party Over Proxy

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  • Non news (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10, 2012 @03:49PM (#42245071)

    BPI being douchebags again. (or is it still)

    I wonder what it's like going thru life knowing a majority of the population who know you exist... hate your guts and would like to see you on fire.

    If i were a religious sort.. that might bother me. Karma will eventually demand payment.

    • Re:Non news (Score:4, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10, 2012 @03:54PM (#42245137)

      I know the answer.

      They don't have souls, so they are not bothered by it at all.

    • Re:Non news (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10, 2012 @04:06PM (#42245259)

      I'm on your side, but please realize that the views of the /. community do not necessarily reflect that of the entire population, who may or may not "hate their guts" or even care much about them, provided they're even aware of BPI or the MAFIAA cartels.

      I come across this all the time here, where a large but closed community of like minded people assume that just because common themes and trends are repeated by a number of vocal ( possibly a minority) of the community that that reflects the view of the population at large. It's easy to fall into that fallacy. Peace.

      • by poetmatt (793785)

        I don't know what you're thinking, but easily more than 50% of the global population cannot stand the MAFIAA or the BPI. SOPA/PIPA really woke people up on the matter. All you have to do is explain that BPI supports SOPA as an arm of the RIAA, and the connection is made. So no, you are mistaken.

        • Re:Non news (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10, 2012 @04:23PM (#42245423)

          I don't know what you're thinking, but easily more than 50% of the global population cannot stand the MAFIAA or the BPI. SOPA/PIPA really woke people up on the matter. All you have to do is explain that BPI supports SOPA as an arm of the RIAA, and the connection is made. So no, you are mistaken.

          Please, today, go out and ask that 50% of the global population what SOPA/PIPA were all about.

          Apart from technology enthusiasts (a very, VERY small amount of the population), chances are the BEST answer you'll get is "that bill where Congress wanted to shut down Wikipedia!", assuming they even remember the whole ordeal at all (which is a pretty huge assumption), INCLUDING those who contacted their Congresspeople. You won't get "that bill sponsored by the record labels and movie studios where they wanted to introduce truly Draconian regulations to restrict the internet and...". In fact, most of those answers won't go anywhere NEAR the RIAA/MPAA.

          • by Anonymous Coward

            Don't worry about that. You see, the British pirate party is a political party - "somewhat" part of the infrastructure of the legislature. Therefore if they can make the argument that this proxy is something they use to attempt to change the law - the court cannot touch it.

            While people don't want copyright abolished or even changed (and courts certainly won't entertain that notion), very many courts believe in separation of powers. Suing a political party, a union or lobby groups is an extremely difficult p

            • I think you may be referring to Parliamentary privilege, as per the Bill of Rights, 1689. I know of no interpretation of the notion of Parliamentary privilege that would extend beyond the bounds of Parliament itself, and remember that even if it did, Parliament itself has the power to override privilege of its members, and does not protect a member from prosecution for criminal action.

              Even if the party were successful in arguing that it is immune from lawsuits, the party would still be bound by Parliamentar

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by Anonymous Coward

            Absolutely correct. It is also entirely predictable human behavior too. This is because laws are tools for control which are accessible only through a high individual barrier to entry. A person must dedicate a significant part of their life to affect change and be part of the process. It is a specialization. Furthermore, as with all public choice equilibrium equations, the cost of the law is wide, but shallow; it often targets all people but it only affects them slightly(or with low probability as with lega

        • by chrismcb (983081)
          If you said "50% of the global population has never heard of the MAFIAA or the BPI" I'd be more willing to accept your made up statistic. Shoot, if you had said 50% of the American population has never heard of the MAFIAA or the BPI, I'd consider you right. But to even ATTEMPT to claim that 50% of the global population cannot stand the MAFIAA is, utterly wrong. I don't even know if 50% of slashdot can make that claim.
        • by Anonymous Coward

          but easily more than 50% of the global population cannot stand the MAFIAA

          [citation needed]

          You are falling into the trap the gp was talking about. Show your work here, or else you are making up numbers to back up your self referencing ideals. And no I am not going to 'google it'. You are the one making the assertions. Sorry to be so crude here with what I am saying but you are doing exactly what he was saying then saying you are not. That does not make you friends and convince people you are right. It

      • I'm on your side, but please realize that the views of the /. community do not necessarily reflect that of the entire population, who may or may not "hate their guts" or even care much about them, provided they're even aware of BPI or the MAFIAA cartels.

        That's why he said "... knowing a majority of the population who know you exist... hate your guts..."

    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      by CanHasDIY (1672858)

      I wonder what it's like going thru life knowing a majority of the population who know you exist... hate your guts and would like to see you on fire.

      If i were a religious sort..

      If you were a religious sort, specifically of the fundi persuasion, you would probably take it as a sign from God that you're doing things right.

      The Westboro Baptist Church, for example, maintains that because most Americans think the WBC is nothing but useless scum, they are therefore the "only true Christians," due to a passage in Luke (21:17) that reads, "You will be hated by all men for my name's sake."

      I shit you not.

    • by tehcyder (746570)
      It is self evident that the majority of people do not hate record companies and the BPI or else they wouldn't fucking sign up with them.

      No one's forcing them.

      What no one on slashdot appears able to believe is that it is in the artist's own interest to get on the record company/BPI gravy train, as obviously the benefits of marketing, distribution or whatever outweigh the disadvantages.

      The majority of the population who are simply consumers of the industry's products also have the simple option of refus

      • by mcgrew (92797) *

        It is self evident that the majority of people do not hate record companies and the BPI or else they wouldn't fucking sign up with them.

        The majority of people don't sign up with them. In fact, the majority of people are not musicians. And even among musicians, the vast VAST majority don't. I know quite a few musicians who've been offered major label contracts and refused them, but most aren't even offered them.

        Only one in twenty five albums makes a profit. The lablels seem pretty damned bad at marketing an

    • What's it like to live with being hated? You should know - there are people who hate you. Why doesn't it bother you too much? Probably because you don't see yourself as being an evil piece of shit.

      While there are people aware that they're doing wrong, id suspect that most of them justify it to themselves. A religious fanatic who kills someone of an opposing view is doing it because they think its justified. What about a boss who sacks someone who by impartial measures is doing a good job? The boss probably

    • by coofercat (719737)

      It's non-news, unless you're the one getting sued. I appreciate there's a certain amount of outrage-fatigue, but this is the first time the BPI has gone after someone credible (as far as I know, at least). I for one hope they go all the way to court and then lose - PPUK will make some political/publicity capital out of it, and we can all go home happy. For that to happen, the UK Pirate Party is asking for help (http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/help), it would be remiss of me not to suggest you head over there

  • by Anonymous Coward

    There are are hundreds of other TPB proxies out there. Taking one down will cause issues for 1 or 2 days until people find another proxy site.

    There's a big list of TPB proxy sites here: http://proxybay.info

  • Does this mean they will sue every proxy and vpn host in the world next?
  • Why does the Bank of the Philippine Islands care?

  • I'll be on top of things for next talk-like-a-pirate day.

    • In the Netherlands, the Pirate Party is sued into bankruptcy by Brein (the local mafiaa). So the next talk-like-a-pirate day could feature a lot more silence.
      • by rioki (1328185)
        Nice in Germany the pirate party gets elected into legislative bodies... So Harrr Harrr Harrr!
  • by cshay (79326) on Monday December 10, 2012 @10:51PM (#42248589)

    ... not the slashdot summary and not the article linked. C'mon people, unless an acronym is widely known, you should define it.

    • by Xest (935314)

      One would think most people on Slashdot are technically competent enough to Google for this sort of thing.

      Apparently not.

      • by mcgrew (92797) *

        One would think that the submitter (let alone editors) would be technically competent enough that we don't have to google the acronym for the foreign telephone company they're writing about.

        One would be wrong, however.

    • by tehcyder (746570)
      It's a story to do with someone suing the UK Pirate Party, that someone will obviously be some copyright holder or umbrella organisation. How hard can it be to work out it's the British Phonographic Industry when that's probably the first result you get on a google search?

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