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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Anti-Piracy Legislation Postponed

UK Anti-Piracy Legislation Postponed

UK Anti-Piracy Legislation Postponed

Added: Friday, May 4th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The provisions of the anti-piracy law of the United Kingdom (under its Digital Economy Act) have been delayed again until 2014. Meanwhile, the “three-strikes” regime was designed to cut off repeat infringers and illegal file-sharers.


Actually, the “three-strikes” regime consists in the involvement of Internet service providers, because they are the ones to send notifications to alleged pirates (if caught) and monitor the overflow of authorized file-sharing. However, the country’s government department responsible with the DEA confirmed that all these plans of the creative industry have been put to a hold until 2014. The Big Content must be disappointed…

Among the measures that the graduated response system includes, you can find broadband limitations, but they only apply as a final solution for repeat infringers. Ofcom, the country’s communication regulator, had also confirmed earlier that it would start sending out warnings to file-sharers since the middle of 2013.

Nevertheless, because of legal challenges and bids raised (to clarify the legislation) by ISPs, the anti-piracy law has been delayed. The DEA was passed at the end of 2011 Labour government. Because of the bill’s controversy, major part of MPs withdrew their support, and the bill ended up with being voted by less than 10% of all the country’s representatives.

Meanwhile, the most prestigious Internet service providers of the United Kingdom, TalkTalk and BT, decided to intervene, saying that the legislation was breaching EU laws unsuccessfully. Moreover, the government of the United Kingdom had also faced criticism after the questions were raised in a Parliamentary committee regarding the evidence for the bill.

Since 2015 is the election year, this piece of legislation will undoubtedly appear at the centre of heated debates. You can imagine the Labour government drafting and implementing the controversial anti-piracy act, and the Conservative-led coalition government pushing through its measures. Of course, in 3 years it will be a hot topic for the politicians on the soapboxes. As for now, the pirates can sleep easily, at least until any new developments.

May 5th,2012

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Date:  Friday, May 4th, 2012

Comments (27) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-05-04 19:54:53)
Raptor5 avatarAs from today the Pirate bay has been blocked in the uk for all virgin media customers. This is absolute rubbish, all this is a complete waste of time as it can easily be bypassed. I for one am becoming increasingly tired of this bullsh*t. I pay a small fortune every month for full internet access only to have my rights removed...whats next? When I woke up this morning I thought I lived in the uk, seem more like china to me.

posted by Turtle (2012-05-04 20:18:46)
No avatarWhat's next, you ask? The Tories want to block porn for everyone because the people with kids are too stupid or too lazy to sort out parental controls to filter what their six year olds are looking at online. So yeah, if you're a single adult and you want to look at porn, you're going to have to *opt in* to adult content, in order to protect the kids you don't have.

Next, we'll all have to opt in to breath air, to protect all the non-inhaling corpses we don't have.

posted by (2012-05-04 21:04:45)
No avatar@Raptor5
You can leave China out of it. The USA is the next up and coming censorship country of the world. This is just an example and the tip if the iceberg.
Waiting on the RIAA, USA feds held seized Dajaz1 domain for months, like 12 months before returning it, without any compensation. So if they have nothing on you they will just stall, long enough to put you out of business. I still say why has the government got into policing for Corporations at tax payers expense.
"Documents unsealed this week reveal that the year-long delay in returning the seized Dajaz1 domain name occurred in part because the government was waiting for copyright holders, including the Recording Industry Association of America, to provide more information. The documents were released in response to a joint request from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the First Amendment Coalition and Wired (which shares a parent company with Ars). The documents raise fresh questions about the domain seizure process created by Congress in the 2008 PRO-IP Act.

posted by ET junkiemen (2012-05-04 23:00:29)
xxxskfxxx avatarwhat a waste of time these piracy laws are,i can get all my pirate mp3s and dvd's posted to my house i need never go online again , drop the price of dvd / cd to a £1 each and piracy will soon die away.

posted by (2012-05-04 23:51:15)
dazza123 avatarraptor why go onto pirate bay anyways you can get everything on here and you dont risk getting viruses et is by far the best file sharing site on the net

posted by (2012-05-05 00:09:25)
Raptor5 avatarDazza M8, its the principle, If I want to go there I should be able to...after all the web is supposed to be for everyone no matter which site I choose to view or DL from. The effin point is that my rights as an individual to choose have been taken away from me without my consultation. Why should someone from across the water be able to view a site and I am not allowed to? I pay my bills like every other person.

posted by (2012-05-05 00:24:26)
Raptor5 avatarAs morally said. "This is just an example and the tip of the iceberg" This is how it starts...one site after another will end up being blocked and everyone will wake up just like I did this morning and say Huh? WTF? Whats going on..why cant I get on ET or why cant I get on whatever...dont you people realise? Where all about to get f*cked in the ass with a massive dildo and you wont even see it coming if nothing is done about all this sh*t. The government should have no place trying to police the internet...of any country. Everyones internet freedom and liberty is at stake here, not just in the uk. You think oh well I didnt use the pirate bay anyway..so what. Well so what if it was ET, youd be screaming blue murder, or your favorite site, would you be so complacent then? I think not. This and trust me on this, is the begining of the end...only if its allowed to continue..and it will as long as complacent people say "oh well it was only so n so and i didnt use it anyway". A foot in the door before it gets booted in.

posted by (2012-05-05 00:39:50)
Raptor5 avatarAnd by the way Dazza, precisely why the pirate bay has been targeted for blocking is because it is a universally recognized and for most people the pinnacle of torrent DLing, the uk government think that cutting off the head will deter people for trying to access the site..makes them look like they have won a major battle of epic proportions against the nasty illegal file sharers who are well known to all be drug taking thieving porn watching sexual deviants of the most undesirable caliber. When in actuality they really have only made a minor difference...i bypassed it in ten seconds flat..the point is..a great many people will simply think they cant go there anymore because they may not be as computer savy as you or I. A small impotent victory at most..but from small beginnings grow big things my friends.

posted by (2012-05-05 00:54:06)
No avatarSince I'm on the other side of the pond, heres a further update.
The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance.

In meetings with industry representatives, the White House, and U.S. senators, senior FBI officials argue the dramatic shift in communication from the telephone system to the Internet has made it far more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities, CNET has learned.
Well Raptor5, Is it a foot or a leg. Personally I think its a done deal, they already scan all the cell phones and landlines. This is about making sure that the Corporations mentioned, cannot be sued by the proliferation of invasion of privacy. The problem is that 95% of the population don't read the tech sites and magazines before its to late.

posted by (2012-05-05 08:42:16)
No avatar@dazza123 nothing special about et as most downloads come from pirate bay and demoid any way virus included et is oneley a link site idiot

posted by (2012-05-05 09:26:31)
No avataruse free vpn or hide ip to get pb back

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lovermen (2012-05-05 10:03:41)
Zohaib avatar@xxxskfxxx i'm agree on ur talk...

posted by (2012-05-05 15:31:50)
Raptor5 avatarI with Morally_ambiguous on this, I also believe it is already a done deal..not just in the uk. Seems the powers that be appear to erode our freedom a little bit at a time, softly softly so most people don't realise what is going on under their noses. The power to read your texts, emails, search your computer remotely is an amazing abuse of said power.The Digital Economy Act gives them this power. And it was only recently highlighted on our television news reports...the coalition government was attempting a bit of misdirection of the uk people by putting a more controversial legislation in place "The Pasty Tax" to obscure the real deal the Digital Economy Act itself was passed in the dying stages of the Labour government, there was a huge amount of disquiet that this kind of important legislation was being introduced without proper scrutiny.

"That kind of disquiet didn't result in the kind of action we've seen against Acta and Sopa. It wouldn't be surprising to see a lot more public outcry than there was when the Act was first passed."

posted by (2012-05-05 16:14:32)
Raptor5 avatarThis week the Internet community was outraged by a UK government attempt to sneak new Internet legislation through parliament. The two hour debate made a mockery of our political process, akin to a computer hacker exploiting a security flaw in a computer system.
The new Digital Economy Bill – thinly disguised as a tool to fight copyright theft – will actually give the government total control over all .UK domain registrations. They will have the power to switch your Internet off, and to arbitrarily block access to sites they deem unsuitable for you.
Freedom of speech and expression are the most precious of commodities, sacrificing even one inch of this freedom requires some serious justification. How can a meaningful debate like this be rushed? Elizabeth Sparrow, president of the British Computing Society called on the government to give the bill more time, saying:
“This bill could have huge consequences for online activity that are currently poorly understood. The Institute is highlighting the importance of the Internet to citizenship and the opportunities for everyone to participate. Those opportunities could be curtailed and even diminished if some of the proposals being discussed make it into law.”
Even Google weighed in on the argument:
“We absolutely believe in the importance of copyright, but blocking through injunction creates a high risk that legal content gets mistakenly blocked, or that people abuse the system.”

posted by (2012-05-05 16:31:55)
Raptor5 avatarThe Impact of the Digital Economy Bill
So just what kind of impact is this bill likely to have? Firstly, techies always have the option of using proxies to access sites the UK government thinks it has blocked. This has worked for Chinese and Iranian citizens and many others in the past. Google – along with other companies – now offers an independent DNS service which is not within the UK government’s control. Webmasters could register .com domains instead of .uk ones, thereby avoiding all levels of this new found, self-appointed control. For every limitation placed on the Web, there will be two and a half ways around it. In fact, the government itself knows little of the Internet, and would be reduced to asking technicians to comply with the new law. Internet provider TalkTalk has already declared it will not comply with this new legislation. If each individual involved in I.T. adopted a similar line, the government themselves would be powerless to bring about the realisation of this new bill. They might just succeed in further irritating and alienating an already disenfranchised public.
But above all, the Internet is an independent community, with a unique language, etiquette and style of humour. It is fair to say that it has its own culture. The parliamentary expenses scandal has shown us just how unfit our politicians are to police themselves. From where I’m sat, the government have no more right or ability to police this global community, than it did the early colonies of America, once it became clear they would flourish. They have missed their opportunity, leaving the evolution of the Internet to develop organically through Universities, private enterprise and the ideas of some incredibly bright individuals. Only now that the Internet plays a major role in our lives and the elections themselves does the government suddenly decide it wants to reassert its power. The very idea that any single person – or group of people – could be ‘in charge’ of free ideas and the creative thought channelled through this wonderful medium is not only flawed, it is laughable.

posted by (2012-05-05 20:00:18)
No avatarIt is a sad state of affairs when Rupert Murdock is put on the hot seat and is told that him and his clan are unfit to govern their own companies because of the out come of hacking into phones and other things that haven't been brought forward. These same government people want to do the same and more and thats OK, just because they were elected by lying and cheating their way to the top. I think that as long as the Murdock's do no prison time then this whole show is a charade(CON)to fool the general public that the will of the people is being done. It didn't take the establishment long to charge and jail the rioters, and in the mean time the media is slowly minimizing the Murdock's role in this sordid afair. His crime is just as equal as the rioters, just in a different form.

posted by (2012-05-05 20:59:29)
Raptor5 avatarSHDD...Always the same m8

posted by (2012-05-05 21:00:42)
Raptor5 avatarSorry SSDD...lol...little typo there!

posted by (2012-05-05 23:17:16)
No avatarvirgin media have blocked access to the piratebay this is what i had when i went on there

Sorry, the web page you have requested is not available through Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has received an order from the Courts requiring us to prevent access to this site in order to help protect against copyright infringement.

If you are a Virgin Media home broadband customer, for more information on why certain web pages are blocked, please click here.

If you are a Virgin Media Business customer, or are trying to view this page through your company's internet connection, please click here

easy way around it is to use hidemyassDOTcom they never stop people from viewing a website just hope it dont happen to extratorrent as its a pain to go through a site

posted by ET lovermen (2012-05-06 13:13:03)
brods73 avatarand on principle i bypassed virgin media's block in 10 seconds, and had the pirate bay on my screen

posted by (2012-05-06 13:44:13)
No avatarCouldn't agree more with Raptor 5. Virgin Media are taking the p1$$

posted by (2012-05-06 20:51:17)
Raptor5 avatarThanks coatesrd, although it really is virgin media's fault, they are only complying with the court ordering them to so. Does annoy me though, seem they didnt really put up that much of a fight.

posted by ET junkiemen (2012-05-06 20:59:14)
milo33 avatarThanx SaM.

posted by Blocked (2012-05-06 23:53:21)
skreamer avatarMy knowledge of this is only this webpage article and comment but I am surprised that VM have completely blocked access to TPB. So if you wanted to innocently look you could not. If you wanted to DL non copyrighted material such as wallpapers, you could not. They have restricted your freedom to innocent surfing and DLing.

I sincerely hope all VM customers look at the T&C of their contract and find reason to leave them because of this limitation. THAT's the way to make them change - people leaving them en masse and having VM repay the outstanding balance.

I wonder why VM have done this and not other ISP's unless the Court advise is being given out to all UK ISP's and its just a matter of the rest getting around to it.

It is true P2P can take away money from business where somebody DL something for free they may have otherwise bought, but how many times does that happen I wonder? Anyway, I've still not forgotten the way Big Business tried to make me buy all my vinyl record collection again on CD. Wonderful how that came back and bit them on the ass and I have no qualms that people might want to screw them out of a CD or two.

Trying to block porn is verging on outrageous to me though. I guess its hard to cater for the technically challenged though if parents cannot figure out how to censor their own kids. I fixed someones laptop recently. They said they 'couldn't get the internet' when in fact the OS wouldn't boot. When I got it to boot he thought the laptop was on the internet when it was just showing the desktop. And this guy has thousands of feedback on his ebay account! I guess the same could be said for me though and my nonsecure wireless modem/router thing. Someone could be using my wireless for illegal sharing and I don't know how to secure it so if anything came my way I'd point to that.

posted by (2012-05-07 20:50:35)
Raptor5 avatarI reckon in the small print of the contract with v media there will be a clause about being able to change or modify/block certain connections or services as they see fit. Anyway for anyone still having trouble getting TPB back up try ULTRASURF..google it,DL it,use it. Allows access once again.

posted by (2012-05-08 15:51:41)
plisscin avatarI am on virgin media and yes the pirate bay is indeed blocked but just download the prog ultrasurf and run it, now i can access the pirate bay. I agree with you all that extra torrent is a great site but sometimes the pirate bay has stuff that this site doesnt have.

posted by Blocked (2012-05-09 21:14:55)
skreamer avatarThanks for the software rec

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