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Pirate Party Posts Manifesto Online

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The Pirate Party, a UK political party that wants to reform copyright and patent law, has posted its 2010 election manifesto online.

The Pirate Party's manifesto includes altering the "hopelessly out of date copyright law" to come up with a "fair and balanced" copyright law that is suitable for the 21st Century. The party says that although artists should be the only people making money for their work, there also needs to be a fair use policy for the public. "We will legalise use of copyright works where no money changes hands, which will give the public new rights," the manifesto promises. These new rights include:

  • A new right to format shift (for example, buy a CD then copy it to an iPod - which is currently illegal);
  • A new right to time shift (record a TV programme for watching later) and
  • A new right to share files (which provides free advertising that is essential for less-well-known artists).

Though it sounds like the Pirate Party is all for file sharing, the manifesto stipulates that counterfeiting, and profiting directly from other people's work without paying them, will remain illegal.

Copyright and file sharing aside, another big issue the Party wants to take on is the people's privacy. The Party wants forbid third parties from intercepting or monitoring your activity online unless they have a specific, court-issued warrant.

"We believe privacy of the individual should be upheld at all times. We feel citizens should have the right to private and confidential communication; and therefore we will forbid third parties from intercepting or monitoring communication traffic (i.e. telephone calls, post, internet traffic, emails), and require specific warrants to be issued by a court before the police are allowed to monitor traffic. We will give the public a new right to encrypt their private data."

The Party also wants to introduce stronger data protection laws and the right to apply for compensation if you have been affected by government data loss.

As far as freedom of speech goes, the Pirate Party says it plans to legislate in favour of net neutrality and pledges to prevent government censorship of the Web for anything other than the extreme (like state secrets and child abuse).

The manifesto also promises cheaper Internet service by having customers only pay for the connection they get, instead of the max speed they are promised.

"We will solve the problem of false and misleading advertising of internet speeds by giving customers a new right to pay only for the fraction of the claimed broadband speed that the provider actually delivers, so if you sign up for an 8Mb/s connection and only receive 2Mb/s, you would only have to pay a quarter of the agreed price."

The rest of the document promises rights for whistle blowers; better computing education in schools; rights for photographers and filmmakers to go about their business without persecution under anti-terror laws; not using libel law to smother free speech; encouraging libraries and museums to digitize their content and "a new right for disabled people to demand an unrestricted version of DRM protected content where that is necessary to allow them to access it."

Check out the full manifesto here.

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    SAL-e , March 23, 2010 5:37 PM
    If I was UK citizen they have my vote! :) 
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    gamerjames , March 23, 2010 5:42 PM
    Looks like they have some good ideas.

    P.S. Loving the alliteration ;D
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    Hilarion , March 23, 2010 6:09 PM
    I like this... a LOT!

    I thought I was going to find something insane but instead have found something resembling sanity instead.

    Wish I could vote for 'em...
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  • 31 Hide
    SAL-e , March 23, 2010 5:37 PM
    If I was UK citizen they have my vote! :) 
  • 21 Hide
    gamerjames , March 23, 2010 5:42 PM
    Looks like they have some good ideas.

    P.S. Loving the alliteration ;D
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    JMcEntegart , March 23, 2010 5:44 PM
    gamerjamesLooks like they have some good ideas.P.S. Loving the alliteration ;D


    You noticed!
  • 13 Hide
    kyeana , March 23, 2010 5:57 PM
    I first thought this was going to be something completely outrageous, but they actually make some good well thought points without being over the top.
  • 14 Hide
    techd2 , March 23, 2010 5:59 PM
    I'll move to the UK and give them my vote. :) 
  • 15 Hide
    Hilarion , March 23, 2010 6:09 PM
    I like this... a LOT!

    I thought I was going to find something insane but instead have found something resembling sanity instead.

    Wish I could vote for 'em...
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , March 23, 2010 6:14 PM
    I like the vast majority of their manifesto, especially format shifting, protection from intrusion, and paying for internet speeds you actually receive. However, I am not a huge fan of the "right" to share files. The biggest problem with piracy is not people counterfeiting or profiting off of the original artist; it is the artist losing money because people are sharing it for free. Giving people "The right to share files provided no money changes hands" is crazy. Seriously, who would actually buy any music, games, or movies if you had the right to share it for free? Yes, many up and coming artists might need to be shared, but I feel like that is up to the artist, not us. It isn't illegal to share something if the artist lets people do it...

    Overall a pretty cool job they are doing. I love all the patent changes they propose - it's about time! Now if we can get this started in the USA...
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2010 6:19 PM
    If they had picked a more sensible name like the "fair use party" they could have got a lot more votes from many people who are just sick of the DRM Nazis. But with an inflammatory name like the Pirate Party they'll be regarded as an irrelevant joke.
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    rtfm , March 23, 2010 6:20 PM
    I'm going to pirate their logo :p 
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    zerapio , March 23, 2010 6:30 PM
    anon34567If they had picked a more sensible name like the "fair use party" they could have got a lot more votes from many people who are just sick of the DRM Nazis. But with an inflammatory name like the Pirate Party they'll be regarded as an irrelevant joke.

    +1 my friend. I really like their manifesto but that name is going to kill them. I'd also be interested to see what they're planning in areas other than technology.
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    Trueno07 , March 23, 2010 6:34 PM
    I like a lot of their ideas, but anon34567 has it down. That name is going to kill them because most people won't read the manifesto and will jump right to conclusions. (I know i did...)
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2010 6:39 PM
    They would have my vote if i lived int he UK.

    I'm all for protecting peoples work, but our copyright laws have gotten out of hand.

    Things like not being able to copy a cd you paid for onto a different device then a cd player and then play it from there should not be illegal.

    Just because you buy a new device shouldn't mean you have to re buy all your music, or movies, etc.
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    rhino13 , March 23, 2010 6:40 PM
    Hehe.
    Next lets make the Marijuana party and have them "not support drugs" but be a drug friendly party by eliminating the ways that smoking pot is detected and by eliminating the possibility of anyone punishing pot smokers.
    But don't forget, the Marijuana party is not for the smoking of pot!
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    Honis , March 23, 2010 6:42 PM
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    ...artists should be the only people making money for their work...
    As someone working in the tech industry I find this to be the stupidest belief and party platform every to be devised. Why on gods green earth would anyone want to do anything in any industry if the already bloated fish could gobble up the idea and use it without compensating the originator? There is no drive for innovation, only theft if such an idea every made it into law. What do they want next, a political system that determines what you'll wear, be paid, and job classification from birth?
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    victomofreality , March 23, 2010 6:46 PM
    counselmanclYour mother is an old lame joke.


    hey I lol'ed and if anything your mother is an older joke then chuck norris though maybe not Mr T... that succahs old.

    Copyright laws are in desperate need of an overhaul pretty much everywhere. I'm glad to see some organization on this level bringing attention to it.
    anon34567If they had picked a more sensible name like the "fair use party" they could have got a lot more votes from many people who are just sick of the DRM Nazis. But with an inflammatory name like the Pirate Party they'll be regarded as an irrelevant joke.


    Probably done on purpose to draw people's attention to the subject. Your average consumer has never heard this side of the argument or are even aware that there is another side to the copyright laws. They hear nothing but what the large manufactures put into the news about how they are losing money and with a name like pirate party people will go look them up to make sure it isn't a joke. Well that and everyone knows Pirates are totally cooler then ninja's.
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    lukeeu , March 23, 2010 6:47 PM
    It depends on the country. For example "hopelessly out of date copyright law" in Spain and Poland has most of it. Any how... YAY!! More right for the Brits!!!
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    ravewulf , March 23, 2010 6:53 PM
    I love every single point in their manifesto :D . But the phrase "fair and balanced" has left a bad taste in my mouth ever since Fox "News" made a joke out of it.
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    jgiron , March 23, 2010 6:54 PM
    putting it on paper is one thing, putting in terms of legal verbiage is something else. I like what they are saying but some will look at it and say tomato while other will say tamato.
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    intelliclint , March 23, 2010 6:55 PM
    The internet speed thing sounds good, but doesn't work out practically. If you are paying for a 6Mbps you are likely getting a 6Mbps connection, but that doesn't mean the source and the routers in between are giving it to you at that speed. One thing that does anger me is data filtering. I pay for a connection for data, the packets of data technically all the same no matter where I get them or what they connect to on my end. If I want to run my own web server or game server I should be able to.

    I have a 18Mbps connection and if I'm downloading from some place like Microsoft it maxes my connection out, but most sites rarely get over 10Mpbs. This is obviously not the fault of my service provider. If in the UK they are getting limiters put on their data that is a different issue and should be addressed.

    The nice thing about having the bandwidth is that I have multiple users at my house. My wife and kids can be playing games, watching movies, and other things while not slowing my connection down because the source was already maxed out.
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