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The official birth of the Pirate Party of Russia

Posted On: Tue, 2012-07-03 15:43 by valio

It was an emotional moment at the General Assembly of North Rhine-Westphalia this weekend on Saturday 30th of June: the German Pirates exchanged greetings and congratulations with the Russian Pirates in Moscow at their founding Assembly. After more than a year of struggle with the administrations, the Russian Pirates could finally start the procedure to become the official “Pirate Party of Russia”.

Why Pirate Party of Russia wasn’t registered (earlier)

Informally the Pirate Party of Russia exists since 2009 as a movement composed of a group of people that want to promote Pirate ideas. In more than 2 years the Pirates already managed to gather more than 5.000 preliminary membership applications, 100.000 supporters in social media and to be regularly represented in Russian media. In 2011 the group started the first attempts to be legally registered as a political party. However before the elections in December 2011 the situation for unregistered parties was very bad. At that moment, to be officially recognized as a political party that can participate in elections, you needed 45.000 members in the Russian Federation and be represented with at least 400 members in more than half of the 83 Russian regions. These very strict requirements together with the high financial burdens to create such structures in the biggest country in the world led to the fact that since 2006 no new parties were registered in Russia. In the December 2011 elections only 7 parties were recognized officially – in a country with 143 Million inhabitants!

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2012 french national elections: 101 Pirate candidates are standing by to board the French Republic

Posted On: Sun, 2012-06-03 21:25 by Dichter

The French Pirate Party is ready to join the battle for the parliamentary elections, during which citizens will elect the members of the French parliament.

The upcoming weeks will be those of all opportunities for the French Pirate Party. Let's put it bluntly: it's getting hectic.

Thanks to a significant mobilisation, the French Pirate Party has granted its investiture to 101 candidates [1].

The stake of this ballot is the renewal of the 577 deputies of the National Assembly. These parliamentary elections, whose first round will happen on June 10th, will be particularly important as the parliament's majority will effectively appoint the government, by granting it its confidence. That's how the French Republic works: the people elects the President, who puts in place a temporary government, then the same people elects its deputies, who will establish the orientation of the government for the five years to come.

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Job: Social Media Überchief

Posted On: Tue, 2012-05-22 22:49 by Dichter

Pirate Parties International is a worldwide organization of Pirate Parties. Currently it has 29 Members from 5 continents. It's aim is to to help establish, to support and promote, and to maintain communication and co-operation between pirate parties around the world. The Pirate Parties International is a non profit organisation, with its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 

We are looking for a 

        SOCIAL MEDIA ÜBERCHIEF  (volunteer, part time)


  • Develop innovative, effective, on-going social media plan across all channels of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Youtube, and more) and continually update that plan/strategy and related activity based on emerging trends and opportunities.
  • Monitor, track, interpret and leverage all social media trends.
  • Create and maintain procedures for social media management that could be distributed to the PPIs members.
  • Directly supervise and manage PPI's day-to-day social media activities, including its social media platforms.
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Pirates of the world united in Prague at the Pirate Parties International conference 2012

Posted On: Wed, 2012-04-18 15:58 by Dichter

On April 14th and 15th the Pirate Parties International General Assembly (PPI GA) was held in Prague. Representatives from 28 countries decided on the future of the PPI, the international umbrella organisation of Pirate Parties.

During the conference, participants drafted and signed a declaration regarding the upcoming European Electionsin 2014. Pirate Parties will participate in the European Elections, include a common programme into their individual programmes and will form a political party at European Union level. As of now, the declaration was signed by Pirates from 19 different pirate parties (DE, CZ, IT, PL, LU, BE, LV, FR, EE, FI, RO, RS, UK, ES, SI, SK, SE, CAT, PT), including famous pirate MEP Amelia Andersdotter from Sweden. [1] Individual Pirate Parties are invited to ratify the declaration in the following months.

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Pirates meet in Prague for the PPI conference 2012

Posted On: Mon, 2012-04-09 13:50 by valio
Pirates from all over the world meet in Prague at the Pirate Parties International conference 2012

On April 14th and 15th Prague will be the capital of Pirate Parties. Representatives from more than 20 countries will meet for the Pirate Parties International (PPI) General Aseembly 2012 in Czech Republic.

During this conference, the General Assembly - the highest body of the PPI - will decide upon the admittance of new members to the PPI, elect a new board and discuss and vote on amendments to the PPI statutes. In addition there will be an open space and a parallel session for discussions about the forming of a Pirate Party Europe/EU.

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PPI GA 2012 Invitation

Posted On: Tue, 2012-03-13 15:18 by valio

We would like to invite you to the 2012 Pirate Parties International conference which will be held on April 14th and 15th in Prague, Czech Republic.

During this conference, the General Assembly - the highest body of the PPI - will decide upon the admittance of new members to the PPI, elect a new board and discuss and vote on amendments to the PPI statutes. In addition there will be an open space and a parallel session for Pirate Party Europe/EU discussions.
Speeches will be given by Amelia Andersdotter, Swedish Pirate Party's Member of the European Parliament, and Laurence Vandewalle, Policy advisor on telecommunications and free culture from Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. Saturday's program will be closed with a keynote address by Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist and well known anti-copying-monopoly fighter.

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The US Pirate Party is proud to announce the release of "No Safe Harbor"

Posted On: Tue, 2012-01-24 15:37 by valio

No Safe Harbor, released January 24th 2012, is a collection of political essays, texts and discussions that help explain and educate about Pirate Party positions. While some have been published before, many others are original to the book.

Contributors range from first-time writers being published for the first time, leading academics, to Pirate Party officials, and even international organizations like the United Nations.

Adding color to the book are cartoons by artist and free culture activist Nina Paley, creator of the animated film Sita Sings the Blues.

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72 Minutes of silence for Megaupload

Posted On: Fri, 2012-01-20 22:04 by valio

On January 19th, right after the international blackout strike followed the day before by more than 60.000 websites against the new anti-piracy laws proposed in the United States, the Department of Justice executed a court order through which they shut down the services of Megaupload and charged seven persons, five of which , including the founders and some employees, have already been arrested.

The Pirate Parties defend the free exchange of information, and considering the arguments exposed in the indictment and the press release submitted by the United States Department of Justice, we claim that the big majority of the accusations have no legal basis or are blatant U.S. government interference in other countries.

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SOPA & PIPA: The Internet Goes On Strike, Pirates Join

Posted On: Thu, 2012-01-19 18:44 by valio

On January 18, many websites went voluntarily on strike [1] to demonstrate against the threat of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) bills, pending US legislation that would restrict freedom of speech, negatively impact economies, and degrade internet security. Among others Wikipedia [2], Reddit, Mozilla, and Free Software Foundation participated. Many organizations, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, have expressed grave concerns over the bills [3].

Regardless of whether its purpose is legitimate or whether it will work; the legislation is not compatible with democratic values. It promotes censorship by giving the US Government and corporations the power to block access to - and take down - websites that they consider to be infringing on their copyright monopoly, including search engines or blogs which link to such sites. This would be done by ordering Internet Service Providers to censor access to the Internet and by cutting funds to the infringing websites by forcing the advertisers and payment services to cancel their accounts [4].

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Happy Public Domain Day!

Posted On: Thu, 2011-12-29 11:51 by valio

On the first of January 2012 many works will enter into the public domain in many jurisdictions; that means you can remix those works freely, usually even without citing the original author (although we think if you do appreciate their work, it's good sports to name them) without getting sued. Thus the first of January each year has been established not only as New Year's Eve, but also as Public Domain Day since some years.

If you are eager to remix some of these works, we suggest to lookup the copyright expiry date for works in your jurisdiction, e.g. at Wikipedia. As of today a lot of countries are basing the copyright term expiry date by the year the author died, you may then lookup who died in the respective year, e.g. 1941.

We all whish you a happy new year (given you are using the Gregorian calendar). The video embedded below has been created by the Pirate Party of Australia where all works by authors that died in 1941 will become public domain.

You must have an HTML5 capable browser to watch this video. If you can't see it, right-click here to download an ogv (17,75MiB) or here for an mp4 (14.69MiB, both with license CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 unported).

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