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Vaizey: BPI should get court order for Pirate Bay block

The BPI and rights holder organisations should get a court order if they want to BT to block the Pirate Bay file-sharing website, according to communications minister Ed Vaizey.The BPI should apply for a court order, rather than request a voluntary takedown of the Pirate Bay by BT, Vaizey told ZDNet UK on Thursday.

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BT asked to block the Pirate Bay

The BPI has fired a shot across BT's bows, requesting it to block the Pirate Bay file-sharing website for BT customers, in the wake of a ruling that BT block Newzbin2

November 4, 2011 by

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Rights groups: Website-blocking plans should be public

Digital rights and anti-censorship groups have written to the BPI, the UK's music industry body, asking for secret web-blocking plans to be made public.According to the Open Rights Group, Article 19, Global Partners and Index on Censorship, the BPI and others met with communications minister Ed Vaizey on 4 April "to discuss a private website-blocking proposal in order to combat online copyright infringement".

April 18, 2011 by

Ireland OKs three-strikes, BPI to sue UK music fans

Ireland's legal system has approved the disconnection of unlawful file-sharers from the internet, after a judge ruled such disconnections did not contravene data protection legislation.The Irish high court had been examining the issue of disconnecting file-sharers of copyrighted material, after Eircom agreed to the 'three-strikes' disconnections in a settlement with EMI, Sony BMG, Warner and Universal.

April 20, 2010 by

Rights holders vs digital rights activists - who wins?

Last night I attended a debate about the Digital Economy Bill, held at Queen Mary law school. BPI public affairs chief Richard Mollet (smooth) and Open Rights Group boss Jim Killock (less smooth) were thrashing out issues such as suspension/disconnection, numbers of strikes, kids being cut off from their schoolwork, musicians losing millions, et cetera.

March 16, 2010 by

TalkTalk ticked off at BPI 'dumb pipes' jibe

The UK's music industry body has told ISPs that they should stop being "dumb pipes", and should instead make millions of pounds from selling songs online.The UK's largest ISP, TalkTalk, immediately responded by pointing out that ISPs already offer legal download services, and suggesting that the BPI should perhaps rather concentrate on not trying to criminalise its customers.

March 9, 2010 by

UK ISPs lockstep on P2P

Suspected British file-sharers of copyrighted material are to receive warning letters from their internet service providers after the six largest ISPs in the UK signed a government-brokered memorandum of understanding with the country's record label association, the BPI.

July 24, 2008 by

The BPI's grand waste of paper

Now that I've written my straight news story on the BPI's imminent scare campaign against illegal filesharing, I thought I'd vent my spleen on the subject.What's going to happen is that hundreds of thousands of letters will be sent out, threatening...

July 24, 2008 by

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