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Pirate Party registered in UK

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 12 Aug 2009 20:12 User comments (6)

Pirate Party registered in UK The UK's first Pirate Party has officially registered as a political party, meaning it can now raise funds and push its candidates in the next general election. The Party hopes to emulate the same popularity as the Swedish Pirate Party has gotten, largely due to the attention surrounding the Pirate Bay.
"Getting to this stage has been a long process, we've had to elect officers, raise funds, fill out forms, meet with some (very helpful) people at the Electoral Commission, and learn far more about electoral law and the special party funding rules that apply to Gibraltar than any same person would ever want to," a site announcement reads.

"Now the party can really start. It's time for us to tell the world that we exist, to recruit members, raise funds and gear up to fight the General Election. The officers and web team have built the framework that the party needs to get going, now it's time for YOU to make things happen.

"Join the party, tell the media about the party,tell your friends about the party, take part in policy and news debates on the forum, join our Facebook group, donate or set up a regular payment to provide financial support, set up a branch in your constituency, school or workplace, join the specialist workings groups for members with key skills like lawyers and journalists and volunteer to take part in canvassing and campaigning in your constituency at the general election..."


More information for UK users: http://www.pirateparty.org.uk

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6 user comments

112.8.2009 20:31
varnull
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Oddly their website has been dead for months.. now all of a sudden they decide to appear again. Real pirates don't vanish off the face of the earth for over a year... I'm wary of these people.. There were posts on the PPI site last year asking whether the party was dead or not.. and it had no responses. Also their forums are still dead..(I'm a member and all there was happened to be thousands of spam posts before it went down as an unowned domain) so the party has no actual presence and doesn't look to get input from anybody.

http://www.pp-international.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=16

Take note of the big gap in activity. Looks very much like 3 or 4 people total to me.

They are too late to register for the next election anyway

http://www.pp-international.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23986

Missing a deadline.. very professional and on the ball guys. Looks like you need some people with a little experience of actually taking part in the real political process.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 12 Aug 2009 @ 20:34

212.8.2009 23:16

It's just a game, there's no way the Pirate Party could ever get elected, even with lots of members, professional opperation, and huge cashflow.

313.8.2009 0:07

Originally posted by varnull:
Oddly their website has been dead for months.. now all of a sudden they decide to appear again. Real pirates don't vanish off the face of the earth for over a year... I'm wary of these people.. There were posts on the PPI site last year asking whether the party was dead or not.. and it had no responses. Also their forums are still dead..(I'm a member and all there was happened to be thousands of spam posts before it went down as an unowned domain) so the party has no actual presence and doesn't look to get input from anybody.

http://www.pp-international.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=16

Take note of the big gap in activity. Looks very much like 3 or 4 people total to me.

They are too late to register for the next election anyway

http://www.pp-international.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23986

Missing a deadline.. very professional and on the ball guys. Looks like you need some people with a little experience of actually taking part in the real political process.

a whole year, man the pirate party sure know how to party.

413.8.2009 7:15

I am sure it is a scam. However, it is a good idea. Too bad they aren't a bit more serious.

513.8.2009 9:29

Rome wasnt built in a day as they say, at least the word is getting out, give them time !

613.8.2009 19:20

Copy right needs to be made as simple as possible and that basically separates what the public dose with CP/IP in a non profit setting and what is done for profit. Obviously for profit needs that chain of command to sort the revenue stream to its proper owners.


This puts less restrictions on individual reviewers,bloggers, critics, fan sites and archive or other sites however the instant you try and make any money off it you become for profit and are beholdant to the the profit chain and the CP owners. Separate what is done for the sake of profit, what requires a profit to run(and thus is marginalized to the whims of the industry and what it will allow) and those that do not profit from it.

There are 2 separate issues here what can be sold and what can not be sold, by all means the profit streams should be protected however at the same time the public needs to be protected from abuse from above and the only way to do that is allow copy circumvention ,copying,back ups and personal archiving and file trading as long as its done in non profit settings. Look at the net 90% of file sharing sites are FOR PROFIT be it ad rev,donations or subscriptions they are beyond contempt.

However because the discussion is all or nothing my right vrs your right, my ideal vrs your ideal the power of near infinite lobbying organizations vrs the fickle interests of the public that allows patent trolls to propagate that changes the fundamentals of copy right to become a infinite right of the highest bidder. The quickest and most effective way to balance things out is to look to the individual.And since there are more consumers than creators and even less multi CP owners you have to default to the rights of the individual consumer.

I am pro file shearing ,with a huge caveat ,if the individual can manage the cost of shearing that file without making anything off it. If you place the burden of shearing on the public as a completely free user supported thing that can not trade money and then via world wide support and police it as such you would close down more than 50% of file shearing and make it something difficult to organize around thus making it a more personal and individual thing those who have the time and know how and money will do.

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