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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Election Manifesto Released by UK Pirate Party

Election Manifesto Released by UK Pirate Party

Election Manifesto Released by UK Pirate Party

Added: Friday, March 26th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
PPUK (The Pirate Party UK) was established in UK last summer, with the target to address the ever-growing concerns of community related to the necessity of changing the law, as it should match the realities of the 21st century.


When landed on UK shores, the Party said that they have seen an unequalled onrush on the human rights in recent years. People are now treated like criminals just because of getting involved in digital sharing of entertainment. That wasn’t like this before, though we always used to lend a DVD or a book to a friend. What we do now with file-sharing is simply the nowadays equivalent.

The Pirate Party has officially registered in August 2009 as a political party and instantly began working on its 3 concerns: reforming of Patent and Copyright Laws and protecting Right to Freedom of Speech and Right to Privacy. On all other issues outside these core policies the Pirate Party UK plans to remain neutral.

So today the Party announced its Election Manifesto 2010 related to the UK’s forthcoming general election, most likely to be held on the 6th of May.

The Pirate Party clarifies that they do not tend neither to left wing nor to right wing. They also don’t pretend to have all the answers, but, unlike the others, they are willing to listen.

The first core policy of the Party is most likely to be of current concern now. Calling for patent and copyright law reform, the Pirates introduce their draft of balanced and fair law, answering the demands of the 21st century. Their version ensures that performers are the only ones who get profit from their works, but at the same time emphasizes that this right has to be balanced with the right of the public to so called “fair use.” In one word, they strive for legalizing the sharing and using copyrighted content if there’s no money involved. This includes shifting format (CD to an iPod for example), shifting time (record material for later use) and sharing files (which would be even advantageous for not well-known artists). Of course the Party confirms that commercial using of copyrighted content will remain illegal.

The UK may seem not the best place to enter the election race, with government lively discussing open Wi-Fi banning, website filtering, and disconnecting file-sharers. But they can probably follow the example of their Swedish cousin winning 2 seats in the Parliament last year.

March 26th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, March 26th, 2010

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-03-26 14:04:36)
cyberartist avatarMore power to em! I'd be interested to see how they actually fare aginst the status quo in an election...

posted by (2010-03-26 17:21:28)
katep avatarI would vote for them if I they get on the ballot am I right in thinking that some of the other pirate parties have won seats in there countries so maybe there is hope

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-03-26 20:03:27)
Big_A_Little_A avatarAye your right they got seats, the Swedish party has a seat in the European Parliament,The German party has a seat in their parliament and a few in the local elections.
Wishing them all the best when the elections come,unfortunately I cant vote for them.
for a copy of the manifesto go to http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/media/uploads/manifesto/ppuk.manifesto.print.pdf

posted by (2010-03-26 20:55:33)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatardats crazy

posted by (2010-03-27 04:51:28)
kingtiger01 avatarive already announced my membership of the United States Pirate Party(http://www.pirate-party.us/)

And im Glad to see the UK Pirate Party Getting the feet on the ground and laying down there expectations.

I hope to see are's as well follow suit.

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