This past year, a monstrosity of p2p movements have sprouted up in many grass roots campaigns globally. The success of Swedish and European Pirate Parties, elected and holding offices in government in many nations, have brought new attention and motivation to smaller pro-p2p associations around the world, and most recently, in Canada. Pirate Party Of Canada, which has only debuted in 2009, is already making waves that can be felt through the international headlines.
On September 25th, the Canadian reform party, decided they would make their voices heard with something some see as controversial, their own BitTorrent tracker. Jake Daynes, the Marketing and Public Relations Director of the PPCA, said, "Today marks the launch of the PPCA’s Creative Commons torrent tracker. We have launched this as a way way of showing the world that P2P technology can be used to benefit artists, and to show artists how to use it as a marketing tool. If Filesharing would be considered marketing by artists, then it would enable them quick, cheap and easy access to a global distribution network. The current distribution model is dead, the market must evolve."
Amazingly, this is one of the first parties representing citizens in government, to announce it's own torrent tracker. This is somewhat stunning that it's happening in Canada, given the turmoil with Canadian anti piracy outfits in the recent trials of both Mininova and Isohunt. Although not surprising to some, advocates of p2p have long awaited the group's appearance as a defensive mechanism to fight the battle to keep file sharing alive and legal in the nation of Canada.
“By using today’s P2P technology, artists have access to what is now the most efficient and inexpensive global distribution network the world has ever seen.” said Jake Daynes. The resounding effect of this, is sure to bring formal attention to the matter, to each and every citizen of Canada. While the young Pirate Party is still small, it is not afraid to flex it's muscles, giving the power back to the people.
Canada is not new to torrent trackers, in fact Isohunt and many private trackers call Canada a home for their servers. The opposition however, cannot charge the PPCA with the same outlandish claims they made against Isohunt, as no torrent files are hosted anywhere on the PPCA servers. The PPCA is a political party, merely using the tracker for it's intended use of tracking torrent files globally. The new tracker, is registered under the Creative Commons license, and is implementing technology from RivetCode's RivetTracker. They do have future plans to also add new modifications to this tracker.
A few Canadian artists, are already showing their support for the new tracker and the BitTorrent community, by allowing their unsigned albums, to be distributed freely via torrents, hosted on the new PPCA tracker, now dubbed as CaPT (Canadian Pirate Tracker). Many artists also feel that torrents are the most effective method of distributing your media to the masses, who otherwise would never get the opportunity to hear from such unsigned or un-affiliated artists.
MUAC, or Musicians United Against Censorship, have the full backing of the PPCA. They have started a petition, to "ensure that artistic freedom and freedom of expression in Vancouver, and all across Canada, will be protected." To sign their petition, go HERE
The Pirate Party of Canada, in it's main goals, is to reform Canadian copyright laws, reform the patent system in place in Canada, and to ensure the protection of the privacy of each and every Canadian. Also they of course hope to make headlines into North America, and globally, as they push to become an "official" federal party.
Proven from movements elsewhere in the world, this type of influential movement can only be bad news for the corporate led behemoths of media, and the anti piracy advocates they hire to do their dirty work. The movement of Pirate Parties globally, only demonstrates that we the people, must take the power back. Nobody else is going to stand up for your rights, unless you the people, make a concerted effort yourselves to do so. If you would like to get involved, visit their site, and if you're not in Canada, chances are there is a Pirate Party near you that is growing slowly.
In fact, since within just one week of the Pirate Bay verdict, the Swedish Pirate Party had doubled in size. Over the course of the summer, the Pirate Party UK, The Pirate Party USA, The Pirate Party Canada, and The Swedish Pirate Party, have effectively obtained new members, some claiming nearly a half million in support of the message brought forth by these parties. Even more so, is the number of un-accounted or unregistered members of these new political parties. This movement, is in fact one of the most rapidly spreading political parties globally, which is mainly being covered on online news outfits, as major media have not given them much coverage. Spread the word, and help the Pirate Parties of the world, fight for the rights of the people.
Monday, September 28th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Monday, September 28th, 2009
|posted by (2009-09-28 06:17:33)|
|word. the time has come! the walrus said...|
|hmmm that reminds me ive seen a crap load of torrent aplications showing up too such as a recent notice one called bitlord uses a skull as there logo i guess the band wagons forming on both the anti and pro sides of file sharing|
|great article! we can share our money and women, cars etc but not files, i dont get it. bitlord is not new, however.|
|Finally, Some Northern Brothern to join the fight.!|
|cool. about time there was some good news from the front lines of this war. thnx Obs.|