Open Rights Group has reached the funding goal of £5,000 to fund the legal case defending the decision to keep private the personal details of O2 and Be Broadband customers asssociated with over 6000 IP addresses.
The case will be heard in the Court of Appeal on Monday 10 December at 10am in Court 71
Jim Killock said:
"We're delighted that we will be able to defend individual privacy in this case. We have been astounded by the generosity of so many individuals who have helped us raise the funds we need to fight the case."
Yesterday, the BPI told the Open Rights Group that they had written to ISPs to remove the website PromoBay.org from their ban list. However, the list of IP addresses and websites on the list remains unpublished and set at the discretion of the BPI, representing music labels.
Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group said:
"The BPI intend to obtain blocking orders for some 50-100 websites. Each order allows the BPI to create a ban list of clone sites or IP addresses.
"These ban lists could end up blocking perhaps 500 or more domains and IP addresses, all the at the behest of the BPI.
"There is a clear need for transparency, as mistakes are already being made, and are only being corrected because of public pressure. We call on ISPs and the BPI to publish the blocking lists in the name of legal transparency and public accountability."
Jim Killock said:
"We urge Conservatives to voice their opposition to the Snooper's Charter. Labour too need to repair their record on civil liberties and reject this plan for mass surveillance."
Jim Killock said:
"Newzbin were rightly pursued through the courts and found to be encouraging infringement. That is the right approach.
"However, censorship and block orders are disturbing and we think unnecessary given the success in tackling the businesses and payment mechanisms involved.
"Web blocking is a blunt instrument and is a dangerous practice. We wish copyright owners the best in enforcing their rights and building their businesses, but urge them not to resort to further requests for censorship."
Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group welcomed the decision to drop the extradition request made for Richard O'Dwyer.
He added: "It's great that the extradition request will be dropped. But we must remember that without this deal, he was due to be sent to the USA for an alleged crime apparently committed in the UK.
"Is the UK government happy for the US to assume jurisdiction over every UK Internet user? The government would do well to take a long hard look at its extradition arrangements with the USA."
Reacting to the new changes announced by Facebook, Jim Killock said: "Facebook are lobbying the UK government to weaken new data protection laws and reduce our legal rights. "They claim that the right to have our data back or to destroy it would be unworkable. But then Facebook go and show exactly why UK citizens need new, stronger personal data laws."
In response to the BPI's call to block three websites before Christmas, Jim Killock Executive Director of the Open Rights Group said:
"Web blocking is an extreme response. The orders are often indefinite and open ended, and will be blocking legitimate uses. The BPI and the courts need to slow down and be very careful about this approach.
"The BPI seem to be trying to speed things up and that is not good. It will lead to carelessness and unneeded harms.
"As an approach, censorship is a bad idea. It leads to more censorship, and is unlikely to solve the problem it seeks to address.
"Digital music is going through a period of real growth because it is trying to innovate: this is a much more effective approach than copyright crackdowns."
The sites are Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents
Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, said:
"It's good to see European data protection authorities take action so that users gain control of their data.
"This must be backed by strong new data protection powers, for fines based on turnover, and rights to retrieve and to delete your data."
The Open Rights Group, founded in 2005, is supported by 34,000 activists and funded by 1400 subscribers. It works to defend civil liberties in the digital world.