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Ahoy mateys, the Pirate Party setting sail in Canberra

johnboy 29 May 2012 30

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The other day at a party I was handed a membership application for The Pirate Party Australia so they’re recruiting in Canberra which I think is interesting.

For mine I don’t want to live in a world where movies can only be made by in advance crowd-sourcing and merchandising tie-ins, so I’m wary of the freetard mentality.

On the other hand while content creators have made great strides recently to make their wares available digitally, in a timely manner and at a sensible cost, we must acknowledge this would not have happened without the pressure of the pirates.

I’d certainly love to see them run here in Canberra come October.


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pirate_taco pirate_taco 2:25 pm 29 Jun 12

Update on numbers: 26 more members needed,
We’ve confirmed that we have until midnight tomorrow to make our submission by email, so there is still time to join.
https://join.pirateparty.org.au

pirate_taco pirate_taco 4:18 pm 27 Jun 12

tonkatuff82 said :

App signed and sent. Can’t wait to board ship

Welcome aboard, matey!

tonkatuff82 tonkatuff82 2:10 pm 26 Jun 12

App signed and sent. Can’t wait to board ship

pirate_taco pirate_taco 11:06 am 26 Jun 12

poetix said :

Thanks. With a sense of humour like that, you’ll be a great pollie. My parrot just died.

I’m sure it is just pining for the fjords.
Maybe if you put on your pirate costume, eye patch and offer it some rum, it’ll perk back up again.

pirate_taco pirate_taco 11:04 am 26 Jun 12

HenryBG said :

I’m in.

Anything to give us a choice beyond the usual suspects.

Spread the word.
The pirates are coming.

HenryBG HenryBG 10:59 am 26 Jun 12

c_c said :

Grail said :

The Pirate Party’s policies on Copyright relate to stupidly long terms (life + 70yrs) for Copyright, the transferability of Copyright (i.e.: Disney can buy the copyright for a product from the original author who then has no claim), and draconian copyright legislation like the DMCA.

Get stuffed. Artists are been bled dry as it is without you freetards complaining.

Artists aren’t bled dry by anybody – they are drip-fed by the large multinationals that own their IP. If they are even fed at all.

The price of CDs is essentially the same today as it was in 1987, 25 years ago.
And artists continue to be paid virtually zero per sale, except for a very small stable who benefit from all the multinationals’ marketing activities.

The notion of copyright might be sensible, but its application by the american companies that specialise in IP-squatting is REAL piracy.

pirate_taco said :

Time is running out for the Pirate Party to register as a political party in Canberra, and we still need more ACT registered members.

To see pirates on the ballot, join us before this Friday.
join.pirateparty.org.au

I’m in.

Anything to give us a choice beyond the usual suspects.

poetix poetix 9:58 am 26 Jun 12

pirate_taco said :

poetix said :

I thought this was a spin-off from speak like a pirate day, and had purchased a parrot, a gallon of rum and an eyepatch. Since when do pirates have policies?

Pirates have had policies since 2006 when the Swedish Piratpartiet was formed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_party
Pirate Party Australia has existed for around 4 years, but the ACT branch is much younger.

Thanks. With a sense of humour like that, you’ll be a great pollie. My parrot just died.

Thumper Thumper 9:55 am 26 Jun 12

pirate_taco said :

poetix said :

I thought this was a spin-off from speak like a pirate day, and had purchased a parrot, a gallon of rum and an eyepatch. Since when do pirates have policies?

Pirates have had policies since 2006 when the Swedish Piratpartiet was formed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_party
Pirate Party Australia has existed for around 4 years, but the ACT branch is much younger.

Not much call for pirating on the high seas of LBG.

pirate_taco pirate_taco 9:41 am 26 Jun 12

poetix said :

I thought this was a spin-off from speak like a pirate day, and had purchased a parrot, a gallon of rum and an eyepatch. Since when do pirates have policies?

Pirates have had policies since 2006 when the Swedish Piratpartiet was formed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_party
Pirate Party Australia has existed for around 4 years, but the ACT branch is much younger.

poetix poetix 9:16 am 26 Jun 12

I thought this was a spin-off from speak like a pirate day, and had purchased a parrot, a gallon of rum and an eyepatch. Since when do pirates have policies?

pirate_taco pirate_taco 8:37 am 26 Jun 12

Here is an example of what we are trying to fix, illustrated in fry meme form.

http://qkme.me/3pul7v

pirate_taco pirate_taco 8:36 am 26 Jun 12

Time is running out for the Pirate Party to register as a political party in Canberra, and we still need more ACT registered members.

To see pirates on the ballot, join us before this Friday.
join.pirateparty.org.au

Deref Deref 1:12 pm 30 May 12

fnaah said :

“I don’t know why they use “Pirate Party” as their name. It just encourages ignorance about what they really stand for.”

See also: Liberal Party.

+1

Myles Peterson Myles Peterson 12:14 pm 30 May 12

Welcome, folks.

Look forward to policies such as the use of open source software in government departments and schools. Propitiatory software companies have enjoyed a free-ride in Canberra at the expense of the taxpayer for far too long.

c_c c_c 11:55 pm 29 May 12

Grail said :

…draconian copyright legislation like the DMCA.

I also need to point out that it is the mechanisms built into the DMCA regarding webmasters and copyright infringement they have not undertaken, but none the less host, is precisely what will enable the RiotACT to have the company running WordPress.com (the hosted version of WordPress) take down that nutter who is publishing moderated comments.

c_c c_c 11:28 pm 29 May 12

Grail said :

The Pirate Party’s policies on Copyright relate to stupidly long terms (life + 70yrs) for Copyright, the transferability of Copyright (i.e.: Disney can buy the copyright for a product from the original author who then has no claim), and draconian copyright legislation like the DMCA.

Get stuffed. Artists are been bled dry as it is without you freetards complaining.

Grail said :

How many of us have ripped a Region 1 DVD so we can watch it at home without permanently altering the DVD player attached to the TV?

Never had to, I just get region free DVD players. They’re common enough. For computers, just have one drive for each region. Both are legal solutions.

Grail said :

How many of us have ripped CDs to play the recordings we’ve purchased on our personal music player (i.e.: iPod, Rio, Zune)? Doing that is a criminal offense under the Copyright Act.

Has been legal in Australia for a long time.

anonymoose anonymoose 10:21 pm 29 May 12

johnboy said :

By choosing the name they choose to take on the freetard association in my book..

Every time I hear freetard I can’t help but thinking of this video: Stallmans free software song

    johnboy johnboy 10:25 pm 29 May 12

    The gpl is a product of copyright, not a repudiation.

dvaey dvaey 12:37 pm 29 May 12

Grail said :

The Pirate Party’s policies on Copyright relate to stupidly long terms (life + 70yrs) for Copyright, the transferability of Copyright (i.e.: Disney can buy the copyright for a product from the original author who then has no claim), and draconian copyright legislation like the DMCA.

The other side of the coin is also happening in the UK where copyright exists for 50 years, meaning that some artists who are still performing such as Cliff Richard, have recorded songs in their younger years that are no longer covered by copyright.

p1 p1 11:50 am 29 May 12

Mysteryman said :

I don’t know why they use “Pirate Party” as their name. It just encourages ignorance about what they really stand for.

Because it sounds cool and gets them media attention.

If they were to get lucky, developed a bit of a following in the future and consistently get a decent share of the vote, they will be forever accused of being a one issue party who are somehow naughty if they express an opinion on anything not covered in the party name. Like the Greens do.

fnaah fnaah 11:45 am 29 May 12

“I don’t know why they use “Pirate Party” as their name. It just encourages ignorance about what they really stand for.”

See also: Liberal Party.

    johnboy johnboy 11:50 am 29 May 12

    By choosing the name they choose to take on the freetard association in my book.

    For all that I’ll agree they do have some good policies, and I look forward to seeing them putting on a good show in Australia.

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