Pirate Politics?
1
Where to begin?
• Sweden
▫ Liberal history
▫ Neutrality
▫ Free speech
▫ Anonymity
▫ Protection of sources
▫ Relaxed copyri...
Where to begin?
• Antipiratbyrån (Swedish Anti-Piracy
Agency)
▫ Founded in 2001
▫ Funded by MPAA
▫ High profile raids on ‘...
Where to begin?
• Antipiratbyrån (Swedish Anti-Piracy
Agency)
• Piratbyrån (aka The Pirate Bureau)
▫ Founded in 2003
▫ Thi...
Where to begin?
• Piratpartiet (aka The Pirate Party)
▫ Sept 2006: Riksdag elections – 0.63% of vote
▫ Dec 2006: EU Copyri...
Where to begin?
• Piratpartiet (aka The Pirate Party)
▫ Sept 2006: Riksdag elections – 0.63% of vote
▫ Dec 2008: overtook ...
Rapid growth
• The 3rd
largest political party in Sweden (49,000
members)
• 2nd
largest party amongst 18-29 year olds
• 4t...
2009 European Parliament elections
• Pirate Party received 7.13%
of the Swedish vote
• 2 of 18 Swedish MEP seats
▫ Lars Ch...
Pirate Parties International
• Founded in 2010
9
Pirate Party UK
• Founded in Aug 2009
• Response to pressure from the UK copyright lobby
10
11
Pirate Party UK
• Founded in Aug 2009
• Response to pressure from the UK copyright lobby
• An end to excessive surveillanc...
Pirate Party UK
• The Pirate Party is a new type of political party.
▫ A party that talks about issues the other parties i...
Digital Economy Bill/Act
• Rushed through Parliament during the ‘wash-up’
on 8th
April 2010
• Came into force 8th
of June ...
Digital Economy Bill/Act
• Web-blocking powers
• Suspension of internet accounts
• ISPs to monitor subscribers (DPI)
• Ope...
16
Alternates?
• Open Rights Group
• 38degrees
• Being Threatened?
• Don’t Disconnect Us
• a2f2a
• Which?
17
ACTA
• Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
• Plurilateral agreement regarding the
establishment of global standards in rel...
Pirate Party UK
• Zero chance of getting elected in UK under the
first past the post system
• Aim to raise awareness
19
Questions…
• Can this party be taken seriously?
• How effective are they at raising awareness of
the issues at hand?
• Do ...
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  1. 1. Pirate Politics? 1
  2. 2. Where to begin? • Sweden ▫ Liberal history ▫ Neutrality ▫ Free speech ▫ Anonymity ▫ Protection of sources ▫ Relaxed copyright laws ▫ Cheap 100-Mbps broadband network ▫ Downloading for personal use legal 2
  3. 3. Where to begin? • Antipiratbyrån (Swedish Anti-Piracy Agency) ▫ Founded in 2001 ▫ Funded by MPAA ▫ High profile raids on ‘torrent’ sites in 2004 ▫ EU Copyright Directive 2006 rendered filesharing illegal 3
  4. 4. Where to begin? • Antipiratbyrån (Swedish Anti-Piracy Agency) • Piratbyrån (aka The Pirate Bureau) ▫ Founded in 2003 ▫ Think tank opposed to current intellectual property laws ▫ Founders established The Pirate Bay in 2003 4
  5. 5. Where to begin? • Piratpartiet (aka The Pirate Party) ▫ Sept 2006: Riksdag elections – 0.63% of vote ▫ Dec 2006: EU Copyright Directive (2006/116/EC) 5
  6. 6. Where to begin? • Piratpartiet (aka The Pirate Party) ▫ Sept 2006: Riksdag elections – 0.63% of vote ▫ Dec 2008: overtook the Green Party ▫ Feb 2009: overtook the Left Party ▫ April 2009: overtook Liberal Party & the Christian Democrats ▫ May 2009: overtook the Centre Party 6
  7. 7. Rapid growth • The 3rd largest political party in Sweden (49,000 members) • 2nd largest party amongst 18-29 year olds • 4th largest amongst 30-44 year olds 7
  8. 8. 2009 European Parliament elections • Pirate Party received 7.13% of the Swedish vote • 2 of 18 Swedish MEP seats ▫ Lars Christian Engström ▫ Amelia Andersdotter 8
  9. 9. Pirate Parties International • Founded in 2010 9
  10. 10. Pirate Party UK • Founded in Aug 2009 • Response to pressure from the UK copyright lobby 10
  11. 11. 11
  12. 12. Pirate Party UK • Founded in Aug 2009 • Response to pressure from the UK copyright lobby • An end to excessive surveillance, profiling, tracking and monitoring on individuals by Government and big businesses. • Ensuring that all members of society have real freedom of speech and real freedom to enjoy and participate in humanity's shared culture. • Copyright and patent law reform: legalise non-commercial file sharing and reduce the excessive length of copyright protection, and prevent patents being used to stifle innovation or manipulate prices. 12
  13. 13. Pirate Party UK • The Pirate Party is a new type of political party. ▫ A party that talks about issues the other parties ignore. ▫ A party free from corruption and expenses scandals, free from lobbyists and party whips. ▫ A party that is not left wing or right wing. ▫ A party that admits it doesn't always have all the answers, and is willing to listen. ▫ A party that wants to give you more rights not burden you with any more taxes. 13
  14. 14. Digital Economy Bill/Act • Rushed through Parliament during the ‘wash-up’ on 8th April 2010 • Came into force 8th of June 2010 14
  15. 15. Digital Economy Bill/Act • Web-blocking powers • Suspension of internet accounts • ISPs to monitor subscribers (DPI) • Open wi-fi restrictions • Ofcom’s powers • Ownership of orphan works • The role of Channel 4 15
  16. 16. 16
  17. 17. Alternates? • Open Rights Group • 38degrees • Being Threatened? • Don’t Disconnect Us • a2f2a • Which? 17
  18. 18. ACTA • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement • Plurilateral agreement regarding the establishment of global standards in relation to intellectual property rights enforcement • Increased surveillance 18
  19. 19. Pirate Party UK • Zero chance of getting elected in UK under the first past the post system • Aim to raise awareness 19
  20. 20. Questions… • Can this party be taken seriously? • How effective are they at raising awareness of the issues at hand? • Do they support or undermine other related pressure/interest groups? 20

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