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The Pirates' Code

:bulletblack: The Pirate Parties are the political parties of the digital age that represent the changes demanded by technology that governments and industries are resisting with all their might. We aim to ensure that citizens' rights to privacy and free speech are respected, to reform copyright law to be fit for purpose, to diminish the patent system, and to establish full transparency in governments and corporations. In addition, we advocate direct democracy, as opposed to representative democracy that is present in societies today. With these foundations we are making a bid for representation in parliaments throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

:bulletgreen: Please support your local pirates! For a list of Pirate Parties around the world visit PP International or Wikipedia.

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:bulletyellow: Reform of copyright law
The 'official' aim of the copyright system has always been to find a balance in order to promote culture being created and spread. Today that balance has been completely lost, to a point where the copyright laws severely restrict the very thing they are supposed to promote. The Pirate Party wants to restore the balance in the copyright legislation. Culture and knowledge are good things, that increase in value the more they are shared. The internet could become the greatest public library ever created. Today's copyright terms are simply absurd. Nobody needs to make money seventy years after they are dead. No film studio or record company bases its investment decisions on the off-chance that the product would be of interest to anyone a hundred years in the future. The commercial life of cultural works is staggeringly short in today's world. The monopoly for the copyright holder to exploit an aesthetic work commercially should be limited to five years after publication. If you haven't made your money back in the first one or two years, you never will. Non-commercial use should be free from day one. File sharing and p2p networking should be encouraged rather than criminalized. We also want a complete ban on DRM technologies, and on contract clauses that aim to restrict citizen's legal rights in this area. There is no point in restoring balance and reason to the legislation, if at the same time we continue to allow the big media companies to both write and enforce their own arbitrary laws.

:bulletyellow: A diminished patent system
Pharmaceutical patents kill people in third world countries every day. They also hamper potentially life saving research by forcing scientists to lock up their findings pending patent application, instead of sharing them with the rest of the scientific community. The latest example of this is the bird flu virus, where not even the threat of a global pandemic can make research institutions forgo their chance to make a killing on patents. The Pirate Party has a constructive and reasoned proposal for an alternative to pharmaceutical patents. It would not only solve these problems, but also give more money to pharmaceutical research, while still cutting public spending on medicines in half. Patents in other areas range from the morally repulsive (like patents on living organisms) through the seriously harmful (patents on software and business methods) to the merely pointless (patents in the mature manufacturing industries). Europe has all to gain and nothing to lose by abolishing patents in these areas outright. If we lead, the rest of the world will eventually follow.

:bulletyellow: Respect for the right to privacy
Following the 9/11 event in the US, Europe has allowed itself to be swept along in a panic reaction to try to end all evil by increasing the level of surveillance and control over the entire population. We Europeans should know better. It is not twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and there are plenty of other horrific examples of surveillance-gone-wrong in Europe's modern history. The arguments for each step on the road to the surveillance state may sound ever so convincing. But we Europeans know from experience where that road leads, and it is not somewhere we want to go. We must pull the emergency brake on the runaway train towards a society we do not want. Terrorists may attack the open society, but only governments can abolish it. The Pirate Party wants to prevent that from happening.

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Pirate Party is the political party of the digital age. We represent the changes demanded by technology that governments and industries are resisting with all their might. We want copyright and patent laws to be reformed to fit their purpose, and citizens' privacy and freedom of speech to be upheld and protected. This is an unofficial community-driven support group.
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:icon10art1:
10art1 Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am almost 18 and right now it seems to me that the Pirate Party is the party i can identify with the most, however people always ask me what the Pirate Party's economic stance is. Is there one?
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:iconwwwarea:
*Sigh* I didn't know the comments section was not much active anymore, but I got a question, would my latest upload "The Truth" fit in this group?
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:icontitanicfan1000:
Titanicfan1000 Mar 28, 2013  Student Writer
Hello! Would you like to affiliate with my Political Debate Club? I am glad to be hre.
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KonwhaldAndDrowette Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ahoy to the Pirate here !

I worked a lot in the French Pirate Party, and i'd like to know :
-Is there any french here ? =3
-Do you work with some pirate party ? (sharing visual content and such)
-Is there any rum left for me ? =3
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the7kid90 Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the invitation.
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delusionalHamster Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finnish campaign to change the Finnish copyright law for the better has begun collecting names to an address that is to be presented to the parliament if 50000 names can be collected.

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delusionalHamster Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FFII is challenging software patents in Europe

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j00ed Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconsaluteplz:
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Shiki-Scarlet Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the invite ^_^
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Estecka Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well thanks for the invite and the feature! :D
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Fisherella Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the invite! This looks awesome!
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:iconinvasive:
iNvasive Oct 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hi all :) I wold like to join your group :P
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:iconnanashi89:
we have 1 day left until a decision on the TPP is made
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:iconnanashi89:
"Tell all Anons to read my message to thenewschannel1247 regarding the proposed armed uprising. Bubba needs new bitches so do it without us. Or not? You betray the occupy movement,Anon is history. Count on it.

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:icontheiotragi:
hey to you
the deviation bye bye acta is not a photo of mine is just a republication of a photo i found on the net
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:icondionrainsmith:
DionRainsmith Jul 1, 2012   Interface Designer
Fuck yeah, Demoscene.
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:iconmajicfrog:
Ohhh. I heard about you guys in the book "Little Brother" for your e-mail servers xD
Besides patents, privacy, and copyright law, which it seems everyone but the people in charge support, where does the Pirate Party generally lie? Conservative or Liberal? Somewhere in between? Does it vary among members?
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Dolphin-Fly Jun 8, 2012  Student Artist
Well...I'm going to accept this invitation you given me because I mostly agree, though I'll be honest that I'm not so hot on the idea of completely abolishing the patents system. I think it needs to be HEAVILY REFORMED but I'm not on board with completely removing it. As for the rest of this, yes, I am very much on board with this and totally against the blatant abuse of the copyright system.
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Phishythoughts May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am sorta of confused on what this group is about? Are you about piraciy or pirates of the sea? I had some invite me to join and I was a wondering.....
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:iconheminder:
heminder May 29, 2012  Professional
please read the big bold text at the top.
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:iconphishythoughts:
Phishythoughts May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i did, and i am still confuse!!!!! are we for real pirates or piracy?
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:iconheminder:
heminder Jun 5, 2012  Professional
well, in a nutshell i guess you could say we are for civil liberties and updating old laws so they work with today's tech.
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Chi77y May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
How do I submit my works?
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heminder May 29, 2012  Professional
in the Gallery, click on the + sign on the folder to submit to.
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