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: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.

:bulletgreen: Join this suport group to raise awareness within the community. (Requests are auto-approved.)

:bulletgreen: Read the feed below for the latest events, and discuss freely in the comment section! Please don't spam though <3

: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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iceloops123 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
thank you for the resqust to add my photo to your group. i am not a very political person just a younge man who doesn't like censorship also supports filesharing. thanks again iceloops123
Annanoke Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the request! :aww:
Wasterbull Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the invitation :D

Go The Pirate Bay!!!
Moon-Harbour-Diver Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cheers for the invitation . :iconsaluteplz:
uki--uki Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Thank you so much for the request
uki--uki Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Thank you so much for the request!

Pfaccioxx Featured By Owner May 3, 2014   General Artist
The internet is in danger again: info and souse's can be found here:
10art1 Featured By Owner 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?
Lingondraken Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
The pirate movement usually likes to stay outside the typical left-right scale (In the classical meaning). But a rough guideline is to consider it somewhere around liberal to liberal-social, but again, almost anyone can consider themselves a pirate, no matter where they otherwise stand.

P.S I realise the comment is quite old, but I just joined and noticed this comment field is rather inactive.
wwwarea Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
*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?
Lingondraken Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Old comment, but I looked it up and it looks spot on for a Pirate group!
Titanicfan1000 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Writer
Hello! Would you like to affiliate with my Political Debate Club? I am glad to be hre.
KonwhaldAndDrowette Featured By Owner 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
the7kid90 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the invitation.
delusionalHamster Featured By Owner 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.

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

j00ed Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Shiki-Scarlet Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the invite ^_^
Estecka Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well thanks for the invite and the feature! :D
Fisherella Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the invite! This looks awesome!
iNvasive Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hi all :) I wold like to join your group :P
nanashi89 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
we have 1 day left until a decision on the TPP is made
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