A proxy website launched by minor political party, the Pirate Party UK, has been closed down, after lawyers representing the British Phonographic Industry threatened it with legal action.
Earlier in 2012 the UK High Court ruled that the website The Pirate Bay must be closed down in the UK and asked the leading internet service providers to block access to the site.
The Pirate Bay offers users the opportunity to illegally access copyright material for free, without the permission of the copyright owner.
Internet piracy is now on the agenda for policy makers in the UK after years of lobbying by the music and film industries.
Two years ago the Digital Economy Act 2010 received Royal Assent. The Act creates a new system to regulate, and prosecute, those who use the internet to breach copyright protection of original works.
Under the terms of the Act, rights holders will be able to notify Internet Service Providers of users who have breached their copyright, by gathering their information from peer-to-peer file-sharing sites.
The industry regulator Ofcom is currently drafting a regulatory code, which will set out the process for using legal action against copyright infringers. The Act will eventually permit the Secretary of State to detail 'technical measures' that Internet Service Providers can use to restrict access to the internet for those committing offence.
The news that the Pirate Party has been forced to stop their proxy website will come as a boost to the British Phonographic Industry. Geoff Taylor is their Chief Executive.
"We believe [The Pirate Party] should respect the law, and the basic right of creative people to be paid for their work," he said in a statement.
"There are many fantastic digital music services that make it simple to get music legally online. This outcome will help ensure that this new digital sector in the UK can grow, continue to innovate for music fans, and create more UK jobs," he added.
Pirate Bay proxy gets shut down after music industry legal threat (BBC News)