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UK Pirate Party Forced To Give Up Legal Fight 245

Grumbleduke writes "The UK Pirate Party has been forced to shut down its proxy of The Pirate Bay. The Party had been running the proxy since April, initially to support the Dutch Party's efforts, then as a means of combating censorship after the BPI obtained uncontested court orders against the UK's main ISPs to block the site across the UK. In a statement released through their lawyers, the Party cited the impossibly-high costs of legal action for their decision, but vowed to keep fighting for digital rights however they can."
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UK Pirate Party Forced To Give Up Legal Fight

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  • Help! (Score:5, Funny)

    by theswimmingbird ( 1746180 ) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @12:53PM (#42337457)

    Help! I'm being repressed!

    • TPB proxies are still available on all major darknets and can't be taken down.

  • Onanism (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @12:56PM (#42337487)

    And once again money trumps justice. Makes you proud to be human.

  • Money (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @12:57PM (#42337501)

    When it comes to court cases, being right (or at least being not-wrong), it often matters less what the law says and more what your bank account says. And, as long as the world works this way the bullies of litigation will continue doing what they do and passing along their legal fees to customers.

    • Doesn't bother me, I'm not, nor will I ever be, a customer of BPI

      (pardon the narrow view, but I'm just making a point)
    • by Phrogman ( 80473 )

      There is no actual "Justice" available. Its for sale these days, all it takes is enough litigation to break the opposition, or the threat of it, and your principles, justice, honor etc, is meaningless. So we have gone from "Justice is Blind" to "Justice is a Whore"...
      This is why corporations are so evil I think, it enables people with an agenda to wield bigger bank accounts with zero risk to themselves and use those to bludgeon free speech and political opinion to death.

  • That's fine. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @01:08PM (#42337589)

    There are still many, many, many Pirate Bay proxy sites left.

    • The question is, can the Pirate Party host a website that lists the proxies?
      • I haven't seen the details of the agreements made, but I think the Party Executive would probably be in breach of them were they to do so.

  • by Meneth ( 872868 ) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @01:14PM (#42337637)
    So, what other proxies can UK residents use to circumvent the block? TOR [wikipedia.org], obviously. But that can be a bit slow. Here [piratereverse.info]'s a fairly long list.
    • http://fucktimkuik.org/

      Links to a random proxy and hasn't gone down yet.

      The silly thing? I actually stopped for a long time with file sharing because it just wasn't worth it anymore and not much fun. Now it is.

      Challenge accepted!

  • Fascism (Score:2, Troll)

    by zixxt ( 1547061 )

    The claws of Fascism are spreading worldwide.

  • After well over a decade, it's not even interesting anymore.
  • As a result of this proxy their site has jumped into the top-ten UK sites for traffic from being down in the mumble-hundreds. That's going to be a pretty penny in traffic costs.

    Suddenly from on high comes a reason for them to shut it down.

    The court order in question specifically lists the six ISPs that are required to block the Pirate Bay. The Pirate Party is not on the list. Neither is my ISP. The BPI is not suing my ISP. What makes the Pirate Party so special?

    Perhaps someone from the Party could stat

    • s97A Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 [legislation.gov.uk] allows anyone, including the BPI (or their minions) to apply to the court to get an order requiring any "service provider" to block access to any website or similar service. This is how they got their blocking order against both ThePirateBay and Newzbin2. BT tried to fight the Newzbin2 ruling and got hit by a massive costs order. There's a reason no ISP has dared to fight any such order since (including the TPB orders).

      While a big ISP like BT can afford a few hun

  • This was predicatable; they should adopt the same strategy as that used in the McLibel Trial.

    http://www.mcspotlight.org/case/ [mcspotlight.org]

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first. -- Blaise Pascal