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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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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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