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A Pirate Is Transforming EU Copyright Law

Sarah Kaufman reports on Julia Reda, “the German Pirate changing Europe’s copyright law so that it makes sense in the year 2015,” for Vocativ:

The European Union’s law on copyright is ashamedly pre-Internet. It takes into account the Internet as it existed in 2001, the year the law was created. That’s why some countries in the EU allow people to view Netflix and some don’t. It’s why it’s technically illegal in Italy to take a picture of an architectural masterpiece and post it to Facebook. And it’s why posting GIFs that use snippets of TV footage can be a crime in some parts of Europe.

Julia Reda (at right). Photo: Photo: Greens/EFA (CC)

Julia Reda (at right). Photo: Photo: Greens/EFA (CC)

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans are fed up with the outdated copyright laws. In recent years, activists for civil liberties on the Internet have begun trying to bring European copyright law up to date. Just to give you an idea, the law details the boundaries of using materials on CD-ROMS—which, yeah, you get the picture.

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United Nations Intellectual Property Group Denies Pirate Party Observer Status

Picture: Pirate Party (PD)

Via Ars Technica:

The United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization, a body that sets rules for trademarks, copyrights and patents as well as settles some disputes over internet domains, has denied observer status to members of the Pirate Party International. The PPI is an organization that represents chapters of the Pirate Party throughout Europe. While the Pirate Party isn’t a mainstream party, they’re hardly the lunatic fringe: Sixty countries throughout the world have active Pirate Parties, all of whom are independent but hold common cause on issues of copyright and intellectual property reform. It’s hardly in the interest of the multinational corporations that the organization serves to allow the Pirate Party to have a presence during their little shindig.

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How Germany’s Pirate Party is Hacking Politics (With Liquid Feedback)

Piraten ParteiWould be great if this caught on in the United States. As David Meyer writes on GigaOM:
In the furores over SOPA, CISPA and similar bills, many have suggested that politicians just don’t get technology. That’s not an accusation that can be leveled at the Pirate movement, which is gaining traction in Europe at impressive speed. The Pirates saw their first major electoral success in the European elections of 2009, when voters in the movement’s birthplace of Sweden returned a Pirate to the European Parliament. The Swedes didn’t vote the Pirates into their own legislature, mind you, but now big wins are coming in Germany, the continent’s largest economy and the ideological home of the hacker movement. Why Germany? Because that’s what the Pirates are trying to do: hack politics, in the sense of making-and-tweaking-stuff sense, rather than destroying it. The movement may have begun with a narrow focus on intellectual property, but it has developed into an attempt to make the political process transparent — and of course better suited to the digital age.
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File Sharing Is A Recognized Religion In Sweden

kopimism_-_h_2011I kid you not! From the Hollywood Reporter:

Sweden has recognized file sharing as a religion, granting official church status to the country’s Missionary Church of Kopimism, which boasts some 3,000 members.

It might sound like an early April Fool’s joke but Kopimism has been around in Sweden since 2010, when it was founded by members of the Young Pirates, the youth movement of Sweden’s controversial Pirate Party.

The Kopimi (pronounced “copy me”) movement has tried twice before to get official recognition, but had been rejected. The Swedish government finally recognized the Church of Kopimism after if formalized its mode of prayer and meditation.

According to the group’s website, Kopimism sees information as holy and copying and file sharing as a sacred acts akin to prayer. The website has been unavailable since it broke the news of its religious status. A message urged those interested in joining to “come back in a couple of days when the storm has settled.”…

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Pirate Party Rep. Becomes Youngest Ever Member Of European Parliament

ameliaTorrentFreak talks to Amelia Andersdotter of Sweden’s fantastic Pirate Party. If only they had a U.S. presence:

In a few weeks Amelia Andersdotter will be the second Pirate Party member to take a seat at the European Parliament in Brussels. The 24-year-old Swede was voted in more than two years ago, but due to bureaucratic quibbles her official appointment was delayed.

When elected Andersdotter was only 21, but the now 24-year-old will still be the youngest member to hold a seat in the current parliament.

For the remainder of her term as MEP, which end in 2014, Andersdotter will focus on issues like competition in the telecommunication area. “European approaches to competition law need to be changed, at least a bit. Better sector adaptation, for instance. The lack of real control over vertical integration creates the situation where telcos (or media enterprises) own everything from the backbone cables to the music streaming service – that’s not good.

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Pirate Party Approved In Massachusetts

The United States Pirate Party was formed in 2006, but Massachusetts has become the first state to officially recognize Pirate Party members in voter registry. The Raw Story reports:
The Massachusetts Election Division has approved the Massachusetts Pirate Party as a political designation, allowing voters in the state to register as a "Pirate." The party strives to increase government transparency, promote personal privacy, reinforce the spread of knowledge through copyright reform, and abolish patents. "We live in a country founded on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," the Massachusetts Pirate Party said in a statement. "For many people, those ideals are not real. The Supreme Court and Congress have expanded the power of corporations and made them more powerful than people. Increasingly government officials ignore open meeting laws, make deals favorable to corporations behind closed doors and sell off our public information to private interests."
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Pirate Party Protests ‘Naked’ Scanners in Their Underpants

Pirate PartyVia The Local:
Despite the frigid temperatures outside, the protesters assembled nearly naked groups at airports in Berlin, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf on Sunday afternoon. The participants stripped down to their underpants, marching behinds signs that read: “No need to scan us — we’re already naked.” A statement on the party's website said they opposed the new security scanners because they threaten the “private sphere and the personal rights of passengers.” Germany's data protection commissioner, Peter Schaar, warned officials last week not to rush the implementation of the full-body scanners at airport security stations following a failed terrorist attack in the US last month. Critics are concerned that the devices, which allow security personnel to see through clothing, have not been improved enough to protect passengers' personal rights.
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