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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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Help Russian pirates with protests for fair elections!

Posted On: Fri, 2011-12-23 14:30 by valio

On the 24th of December russia will face another series of mass protests demanding fair (re)elections. The organizers of this movement concerns, that there might be some repressions from the authorities, who would try to obstruct the access to independent sources of information.
The Pirate Party of Russia asks for help, to ensure with technical means the uninterruptible access to the main information website http://24dec.org/

What's needed?

  • Mirroring Servers (that would mirror over ssh/rsync the static HTML content)
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And Now for Something Completely Different (Minecraft)

Posted On: Thu, 2011-12-22 11:07 by valio

Many of you will know Minecraft. Various Pirate Parties have picked up Minecraft to use it as a tool of publicity, relaxation and teambuilding. Pirates around the world quickly jumped onto the train, and various Pirate Parties have been running MC servers for some time.

For you that don't know Minecraft, Minecraft is a sandbox retro game, where you have to mine resources, craft them into items, and use those items to build things. Various things have been built in Minecraft already, ranging from a Venator Star Destroyer in the PPNL Minecraft project, to a Stargate, and various other fantastic works of art. The biggest example is a person building a CPU in Minecraft, eventually causing him to get a job at a tech company.

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Posted On: Tue, 2011-11-22 12:56 by marcel

As you may or may not be aware, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are on their way to pass in the US. This would imply terrible consequences on free speech while imposing tyrannical conditions for web site providers like Diaspora servers or YouTube. The only reason for all this is clearly heavy lobbying of the copy monopolists that want people to pay for nothing: making copies that everyone can make at home.

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Catalan Pirates run for Spanish Congress

Posted On: Sun, 2011-11-20 18:58 by valio

Today, 20th of November, is election day in Spain. The new Prime Minister will be decided and probably the right-wing candidate Mariano Rajoy (PP) will win by a landslide, ousting the party in power since 2004 (PSOE). However, these elections are also important for the International Pirate movement, since they are the first general elections in Spain with Pirate candidates for both Congress and Senate.

And they're not only Pirates, but very exceptional candidates as well. For instance, the head for Barcelona's constituency is no other than Josep Jover. He is a famous lawyer in Spain for many reasons, but most notably because he managed to overturn in Brussels the Spanish digital tax: an arbitrary charge on all digital equipment, collected to be paid as a compensation to Spanish artists, as for their hypothetical losses due to what they call "piracy".

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Russian Pirates Invited to Presidential Round-Table

Posted On: Mon, 2011-11-14 11:30 by valio

CC-BY kremlin.ruOn November 9, 2011, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev met with the Russian Internet community. The discussion included the entire Internet spectrum; bloggers, people involved in Internet projects, online media and movements, a number of celebrities and 3 Pirate Party representatives. Even though the President of Russia appears to be interested in gadgets, the change of copy law, Internet freedom, and Free Software implementation in schools and agencies, it was his first meeting with Internet activists to which the Pirate Party of Russia was invited.

Throughout the two hour meeting, the following Pirate topics were discussed:

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2012 PPI GA: Call For Offers

Posted On: Thu, 2011-10-27 13:44 by marcel

More than seven months passed away since the last PPI General Assembly (GA) had taken place in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The time has come to arrange the 2012 GA, therefore, we call and kindly request for offers of hosting the next annual PPI GA. As all previous PPI conferences had been held within Europe, we strongly encourage especially the non-European Pirate Parties to send their offers. A list of requirements and more information on the conference can be found in wiki.

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Protest against patent on broccoli at the European Patent Office

Posted On: Thu, 2011-10-27 12:20 by marcel

The following text is a press release of no patents on seeds.

EU governments urged to take legal action

Munich, 26.10.2011. Three hundred people representing a broad range of environmental activists, farmers and development organisations held a protest against patents on seeds and animals outside the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich. With six meter long flying vegetables, a stall with patented broccoli and agricultural machinery, the focus of the protest was the sell-out of resources needed for daily living. After the EPO announced that the patent on the broccoli (EP 1069819) would not be revoked, speakers from various organisations are now looking for political action. Speakers at the demonstration included representatives from organisations such as Friends of the Earth, the German Family Farmers Organisation, the international coalition of “No Patents On Seeds” and others.

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Anti-Piracy agreement ACTA signed

Posted On: Mon, 2011-10-10 16:07 by marcel

The Czech Pirate Party is drawing attention to the dangerous ramifications of ACTA. ACTA is an Anti-Piracy agreement signed last Saturday in Tokio, bringing global Internet regulations, restrictions of digital technology, and a possibility of inspections of computers on the borders. The agreement has been signed by the governments of the USA, Japan and 6 other countries. The European Union and the Czech Republic are only preparing to sign the agreement.

There was no access for the public to the ACTA negotiations that started in 2007 and there had been no access for the representatives of the participating countries for a long time either. Full access to the information from the negotiation meetings, however, had representatives of corporations:

  • Warner Bros,
  • Motion Picture Association of America,
  • BSA (Business Software Alliance) et al. [1]
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