The UK Pirate Party “insists it will continue to fight for digital rights despite being threatened with legal action by the UK’s music industry”.
The declaration comes in a statement on behalf of the party via Ralli Solicitors and after shutting down its proxy website providing access to block piracy site The Pirate Bay.
“Elected members of the parties National Executive Committee, along with the head of IT, received letters from lawyers acting for British Phonographic Industry (BPI), threatening them personally with High Court legal action,” says the Pirate Party communication.
Frances Nash, IP Lawyer at Manchester solicitors, Ralli, commented on behalf of the Pirate Party with the following statement:
“Despite attempts by elected members to resolve this situation, the law at present is clear and makes any decision to continue hosting the proxy untenable.
“This is not the outcome the party wanted however, any challenge to this proposed action would make it financially impossible for the party to deal with other issues for which they actively campaign on a daily basis.
“The Pirate Party strongly believes that site blocking is both disproportionate and ineffective and will continue to lobby for digital rights and their wider manifesto.”