[Pirate Times Newsletter] Summary of September, October, November and December
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*New Zealand Just Got Saner Software Patent Laws*
New Zealand has announced that they will no longer approve meritless
software patents describing age old processes solely because they are now
done in a computer.
*Pirates Report Minister of IT for Copyright Infringement*
“When not even Sweden’s Minister of IT is following the copyright law on
the net, you can’t really expect normal Internet users to feel obliged to
follow such an outmoded law”, said Torbjörn Wester, PPSE’s spokesperson for
*Ethics of File Sharing – The Shallowness of Most
Those who are open to others about their file sharing are keenly aware of
the criticisms that are thrown at us, many times without much thought. Some
of the more emotional accusations even equate us with pirates, a term that
was easily adopted as a symbol of freedom and liberation from a
monopolistic, elite royalty.
*Australian General Elections 2013*
For the Australian Pirates, the Senate is the race of most interest as the
Australian Pirate Party has decided to concentrate their efforts there.
*PP³ – Connecting the European Pirates Bottom-Up*
>From August 30 to September 1, Pirates from the three neighbouring
countries Germany, Czech Republic and Poland met in Dresden for the first
PP³ conference. As a real and productive surprise, Pirates from Austria and
France also made the long trip to join the meeting.
*15 Countries and YPE Signed the Statutes of the European Pirate
On Wednesday, 4 September 2013, pirates from all over Europe gathered in
Luxembourg city…The purpose of the event was the signing of the statutes
for the creation of the European Pirate Party (PPEU). It was the conclusion
of a lengthy process that took over a year and a half. It started at the
Pirate Parties international conference of April 2012 in Prague. After
conferences in Potsdam, Barcelona, Manchester, Paris, Kiev and Warsaw now
the work was final.
*Norwegian Pirate Party Facing Their First Election on Monday*
The Pirate Party of Norway is challenging the conservative-center and
social democratic coalitions in the upcoming elections with more focus on
transparency, culture and the internet.
*Pirates Demonstrate as Obama Visits Sweden*
The Swedish Pirate Party and their youth organisation, Young Pirates,
demonstrated in Stockholm on Wednesday 4 September 2013 when US president
Barack Obama visited Sweden.
*Freedom not Fear!* <http://piratetimes.net/freedom-not-fear/>
Since 2008 a loose coalition of activists from around the world organizes
events in september each year under the common slogan of “Freedom not
*The Transphobic Trials of Chelsea Manning*
…Soon after the sentencing, Manning releases a press release verifying what
has been rumoured for a while – she comes out as a self-identified woman,
saying that she plans to undergo physical treatment in prison, and that she
now wishes the media to respect that and refer to her by the female pronoun
and her chosen new name of Chelsea.
*Brazilian Pirate Party Published Intent of
On 2 September 2013, the Pirate Party of Brazil (PIRATAS) started their
second phase of the formalization process with the publication of the
party’s statutes and program in the Federal Official Diary (DOU).
*Study Finds File Sharing Helps Small Films*
Within the debate of the rights of copyright versus our privacy and freedom
lies another debate, examining whether file sharing is even a danger to the
*Swedish Pirate Party Plans Convention to Prepare for EU
The year 2014 is the year of elections for the European Union. The Swedish
Pirate Party is now planning on how to keep their two Members of
Parliament, and has invited for a member convention on the topic.
*PP Norway got 0.3% in National Election and 750.000+
For a political party that is only a year old getting 0.3% in their first
election is a good result. The Pirate Party of Norway managed to get 9.868
votes of the total 2.848.986 votes resulting in 0.3%.
*Sarah Palin Sued for Copyright Infringement of 9/11
The American politician Sarah Palin and her political action committee has
been sued for copyright infringement after publishing a famous 9/11
*High Hopes for the German Pirates on Sunday’s Election*
Sunday September 22, 2013 sees the federal elections for the German Pirate
Party. Pirate Times sat down with candidate MP Felicitas Steinhoff to
discuss these last few days before the election.
*PPSE Poster Campaign: For Sweden in Future Times*
Looking at ideas and the execution of campaigning strategies can tell us a
lot about a political party. Pirates should be good at remixing and
re-using good ideas which is why we hope to write more tips and tricks such
as this in the future.
*The Plutocracy of Copyright Holders*
The analogy that attacking piracy is a game of whac-a-mole appears to be
quite a good one. Any effects to reduce piracy will be countered with new
means of circumvention—if you hit a mole it reappears somewhere else.
*German Pirate Party Receive 2.2 % in Elections, No Seats in
Despite the internal issues the German party had this year, their number of
voters has increased in comparison to the last federal election in 2009.
They did not get over the 5% needed to enter the parliament but they did
get a few new seats in regional parliaments.
*13 % of Swedes Could Consider Voting Pirate in EU
In a new poll about attitudes towards the Swedish Pirate Party, 13 % could
consider voting for the party during the EU elections next year. In the
same poll, 9 out of 10 Swedes report being against mass surveillance.
*Australian 2013 Election Results
Weeks after the Australian elections, the results have still not been
finalized due to the complex preference voting system, but it is clear that
the Pirate Party has not been able to win a Senate seat.
*The Commissioner of Fundamental Rights Receives Signatures Against
The signatures were a “call upon the European Commission to immediately
initiate treaty violation proceedings Pursuant to Article 258 TFEU due to
violations of article 16 TFEU (right to the protection of personal data)
against the United Kingdom”.
*Spanish MP Gave Power to the People*
Joan Baldovi, a Member of Parliament for the Greens (*Compromís-Equo*) was
persuaded by members of a free software development group to use
“agoravoting”, an online voting system that is being used by the Pirate
Party of Madrid, to directly ask the Spanish people for their opinion on
the Transparency Act bill.
*Solving Democracy Through Technology: Introducing Wasa2il*
One of the new tools, building on ideas from Liquid Democracy, is Wasa2il.
It was begun by Smári McCarthy, in conjunction with the Moroccan Pirates,
in 2012 in order to address problems in the current Liquid Democracy
*Freedom Not Fear Walk – A Personal Experience*
Freedom not Fear. Svoboda místo strachu. Freiheit statt angst. Слобода
уместо страха. La liberté pas la peur. In all languages, in many countries,
throughout the whole of Europe, a popular event was held in order to point
out the importance of freedom in our modern, digitized world.
*Elections in Austria: 0.8% in Their First National
The Pirates managed to get 36 265 votes placing them at 0.8% of the total
*Record Labels = $4.5 Billion / Pirates = $0. Not True At
The debate of piracy can be a fairly complex topic. With numerous actors
and issues involved, arguments can quite easily obscure the truth in favor
of fallacies and simplifications.
*Pirates Fighting Estonian Municipal Elections*
Municipal elections in Estonia started already on 10 October 2013 using
e-voting and will culminate on 20 October with traditional paper ballots
and the Estonian Pirate Party is taking part.
*Local By-election in the UK. Pirate Candidate Gets 4.5%
…a Manchester City council seat was vacate. This forced a by-election that
took place on Thursday 10 October 2013. The Pirate leader, Loz Kaye, was
competing for the single seat against several more established parties.
*Birgitta Jónsdòttir’s Dream for a Model Iceland*
On 2 October 2013, Birgitta Jónsdòttir addressed the Althingi, Iceland’s
parliament, replying to the Prime Minister’s plan for the tiny nation and
the ambition to make Iceland a better nation. She lauded his ambition but
decried the fact that his vision was not based in reality and lacked the
tools necessary to bring his plans to fruition.
*National Elections in Luxembourg*
It will be the first time PPLU participates in a national election.
*PPGR Calling Greek Society to Send Nazism Back to Oblivion*
Right after Fyssas’s assassination, the Pirate Party of Greece, issued a
press release entitled *“Fascism revealed; It does not strike “what you
do”, but “what you are”*, calling on Greek society to rise against Nazism
and condemn such excesses and phenomena.
*Czech Pirates Ready for Elections 25 to 26 October 2013*
The Czech Pirate Party (Česká pirátská strana) is going into the elections
with a solid platform that is based on the idea that they want to take
advantage of the opportunities offered in the new digital age.
*Election Hopes of Luxembourg Pirates Exceeded, Reaching 2.94%*
The Pirate Party of Luxembourg were hoping to get 2% of the vote, in their
first ever election and were overjoyed to see their share of the vote
reaching the 2.94% over all and 3.37% in the north of the country.
*Interview with Jerry Weyer, member of the PPLU*
Jerry Weyer, candidate and election campaign manager of the Pirate Party
Luxembourg talks to Pirate Times.
*European Pirates: A Common Programme for European Elections*
fter the manifesto of the European Pirate Party (PPEU) in Warsaw, Pirates
will gather in Athens next weekend, 2 – 3 November , to jointly develop a
common programme for the Euro-elections in 2014.
*Hungary on the way towards Orwell’s 1984?*
…the proposed amendments of the National security law in Hungary, enables
the government to monitor all public officers inside and outside their
offices (also including their homes and families). According to Scheppele,
the amendments enable people at the top of the government to legally spy on
all people that hold important public offices.
*Czech Pirates Treble Vote and Gain Significant Funding in 2013
The Czech Pirate Party treble their vote from 42,323 votes, since the last
elections in 2010, to 132,417 votes (2.66% of the total vote). They managed
this on a budget of 250,00 Czech Koruna ( 9,700 Euro). Now the Pirates
will get 13,241,700 CZK ( 514,000 Euro) from the state.
*14 Points Towards a Reformed Copyright and Culture*
This proposal of a copyright and culture reform comes as a response to the
ACTA rejection as a way to create a new regulatory and policy framework
which has been adapted to our new digital era.
*Common Political Agenda Agreed by European Pirates in
Based not on simple majority butby consensus , European Pirates adopted a
common political agenda in Athens.
*New Pirate Confederation in Spain*
The Spanish Pirate Confederation has been born. Last week, representatives
from five different Pirate Parties in Spain (Andalusia, Extremadura,
Galicia, Madrid, Catalonia and La Rioja) signed up to the official statutes
of the new political grouping.
*Estonian Local Election Results – Good First Showing*
The Estonian Pirate did not achieve stunning results in the local elections
but for a first appearance on the political scene they have done well…
*Next German Federal Congress In
On the weekend of 30 November – 1 December 2013 the Pirate Party of
Germany will be holding its second general assembly of the year in the
Hanseatic city state of Bremen.
*Running Report from PPDE GA in Bremen*
Updates from the German Pirate Party’s Second General Assembly in Bremen.
*Swedish Pirates Present List for European Election*
The Swedish Pirate Party has now presented its list for the upcoming
elections to the European Union. The list is led by Christian Engström and
Amelia Andersdotter, the party’s two current parliamentarians.
*A Logo for the European Pirates – A Call For
European Pirates looking for a logo for their international organization.
*Pirate Party of Germany General Assembly November 2013*
The main aim of the congress was to elect a new board and to enable that
board to work as effectively as possible.
*Smaller Asteroids a Bigger Threat Than Presumed*
In February 2013 an asteroid exploded over the Russian city ‘Chelyabinsk’,
and showed another case of the potential threat of astronomical objects –
an area covered by some but certainly not all Pirate Parties.
*Pirate Party of Brazil is Officially Registered; Nearly Ready to Set Sail*
Great news from the Americas: the Brazilian Pirate Party has been
officially registered by a notary public.
*Politicians Use Copyright to Silence Media*
Swedish politician Kent Ekeroth, of the nationalist Sweden Democrats, is
now using copyright as a means of silencing a critical newspaper
*Chelsea Manning’s First Birthday in
Chelsea Manning won her fair share of unwanted fame in May 2010, when she
was betrayed by confidant Adrian Lamo and arrested for having leaked a
number of confidential documents and video clips to WikiLeaks.
*Second Congress for Greek Pirates: Self-Criticism and a Proposal for
Cooperation from the
The further progress and development of the party were the dominant topics
of the second congress of Pirate Party of Greece.
*Filesharer Sentenced to Pay Half Million Euro for Single Film
The Young Pirates of Sweden criticised the sentencing in a press release,
and said that the filesharer instead should be thanked for his cultural
*Snowden offers help to Brazil and asks for asylum*
Edward Snowden, former consultant for the NSA and accused of spying for
leaking sensitive information detrimental to U.S. security, said in a
letter published this Tuesday (17 December 2013) that he can help Brazil to
defend their network against the United States surveillance agencies.
*UK’s web blocking programme begins*
Blocking has become default for every new subscriber to an ISP service and
will soon be extended to all existing subscribers, with each given a
“choice” of several different filtering levels.
*New legal framework in Spain hinders access to Justice*
The Spanish Ministry of Justice has been working hard on legal reforms ever
since the People’s Party came to power in 2011. Most of these reforms have
to do with the Judiciary itself, but -contrary to the Government’s
statements- they seem to be aimed at separating Justice from ordinary
*Hard Times for Istanbul’s Big Man*
‘Shit happens’ Erdoğan probably thought, eating seeds in front of the
telly, when he first saw young hipsters gathering with nationalists,
hooligans, Kurds and radical Muslims, in the most unlikely protest movement
of recent memory.
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