An Interview With The Pirate Party Of CanadaAdded: Friday, October 2nd, 2009
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Today I sit down with the Marketing and Public Relations director, of The Pirate Party Of Canada (PPCA) for a sharing of thoughts about the current situation in the global community and the attack on BitTorrent index sites and their trackers. Thank you for your Time Mr. Jake Daynes, and welcome to Extra Torrent.
1) What motivated you and your team to move to create the Pirate Party of Canada?
1) Well, originally the idea for a PPCA was kicked around by some
McGill students three years ago on the Pirate Party International
forums. The idea subsequently died and was forgotten until about four
months ago, when the current incarnation of the PPCA was formed. Our
motivation behind this was seeing Canada slowly slip into the grasp of
the multinational media corporations, and the attack on civil
liberties that they represent. If our privacy is the cost to their
copyright, that is a price we are not willing to pay.
2) Do you expect to see a strong following and support from the people of Canada?
2) We certainly hope so, if the past four months are any indication of
future success, then we will see a strong supporter following in
university students, and Canadians with ages ranging from 18-32.
3) Personally I believe file sharing is a protected right, and as of late, it seems there is an all out assault on peer to peer communications by government parties with corporate interests. Do you believe that the affiliation of representatives of government with multi-national entertainment industries, affects the legislation they attempt to enact in government, and the decisions that are ultimately become verdicts in criminal trials?
3) Oh most definitely they have an impact on legislation and court
verdicts that are passed, not just in Canada but all over the world.
Politicians now-a-days are scared to go against the status quo, with
little or no understanding of the technology being used to fileshare,
nor the cost of stopping it. Our civil liberties, our privacy, is not
4) We have seen BitTorrent trackers, be regarded as if they are evil tools to engage in the trade of copyrighted materials Why do you feel, that those in charge of the legislation are so eager to make decisions about the legality of a site's conduct, when they know so little about BitTorrent, and how the gears move behind it?
4) As I said before, Politicians now are scared of going against the
status-quo, they see a business empire that has been bringing in large
amounts of revenue for decades. What they can't see is that the
business model for that industry is dying, and needs to evolve to
5) If your party is recognized as a Federal political party in Canada, how do you intend to run your campaigns, promising what reforms and protections for the file sharing community?
5) At this point in time we do not have a full campaign structure,
though I do know that we will be doing everything possible to end the
persecution of file-sharers.
6) I do believe this cause is very much so able to be won, if only the government and the people were informed of all the proper protocols and procedures regarding file sharing. How have your supporters reacted and what types of emotions, concerns, and thoughts do you hear from them flooding into your website?
6) I hear often, how much people have been waiting for the PP movement
to hit Canada, and how glad they are that we are bringing these issues
to light. Many of our supporters have vested personal interest in the
issues that we hope to bring to the debates, and as such, they are
very passionate about their support for us.
7) Now it seems, you have decided to launch the first (of hopefully more) PPCA’s Creative Commons torrent tracker. You have stated, "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." Do you believe, that having artists, small labels, independent software developers, and other open source communities on your side, is going to help propel your tracker to worldwide recognition?
7) I totally believe that having artists and the open source community
on our side is huge for our future success, and the success of CaPT.
As the Linux community says, "The world is open source." Once our
tracker has gained global recognition, it will be proof to artists and
labels around the world that P2P technology is the best distribution
network in the world, and the best way to gain publicity at little to
no cost. Our current Featured Artist, Exx-Traddition, has, since joining CaPT
in its launch last friday, sold over a dozen CDs in various countries.
These are places they would have had no previous exposure to, but
thanks to CaPT, and giving away a few of their songs for free, they
have, "miraculously" as it were, made money.
The creation of the tracker using the Creative Commons license is not only a brilliant idea, but it seems it may be a strategy. I hear daily, from many people worldwide, that they are very impressed with the maneuvers that your team is taking, and the "publicity" it's generating may be very beneficial to your cause. Do you have projections, on how many registered supporters you believe you will have or even how many people that the PPCA want to see join before the end of 2009.
First off, I'm very grateful for the compliment, secondly, my
current estimate is over 2500 members, and full party status with
Elections Canada. As for wanting to join, well, the 33 million people
in Canada would be nice, but we like to be reasonable.
9) Do you expect the Canadian Elections board to accept application on grant you status of a recognized party?
9) If Elections Canada does not approve a valid application, I will be
sorely disappointed with our political system, even more so than I am
now. I would have to be under the assumption that censorship had taken
place, which is nefarious in itself.
10) Is there anything that you would like to ask those people reading this, to do to assist in the cause, Canadians specifically but also those internationally, what can they do to support?
10) I would ask, even urge, everybody that is interested in joining,
to visit our website, it's very pretty, and sign up. For all those who
have signed up and haven't sent in their forms, to please, send them
in so we can begin our fight at Parliament Hill!
11) Let me read a quote from you Mr. Daynes. “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.” Given the capabilities that P2P and BitTorrent specifically offer, I've always believed the entertainment industry has made a huge mistake not capitalizing on what technology they have in front of them. With all the amazing contributions BitTorrent offers, such as removing all costs of distributing and producing wasteful hard media, such as a music album, and removing the costs of shipping and carrying them to international stores, across the globe, it makes anyone with a dream or the motivation to get their work out, the best method for doing so. Do you plan to assist in the distribution of independent labels, by possibly sponsoring any future events or organizations, such as you have done with the Musicians United Against Censorship? (possibly also relate the answer to the MUAC and their cause as I would like others to know about this)
11) Yes, we do plan on continuing support for independent artists and
labels via CaPT, as well as any organization or movement that is in
line with our values. Musicians United Against Censorship is a great
example of this. Vancouver is one of the cultural capitals of Canada,
known as Hollywood North, and responsible for many successful
musicians and artists. Over the past few years however, and especially
coming up to the 2010 Olympics, censorship has been on the rise,
forcing street performers to stop performing. If you would like to
find more information about MUAC, you can visit their Facebook Page
here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=147879181348 OR sign their
petition directly here:
12) The growth that has accumulated from peer to peer technology is also followed with a cesspool of knowledge about the technology and what it's capable of, what if any plans do you have to help the government of Canada understand how BitTorrent works, and what do you believe you can bring to the table in defining the legality of BitTorrent to them?
12) We hope to help incorporate BT technology into the Government of
Canada's everyday procedures, by showing them how to reel in younger
voters and raising interest by promoting House of Commons footage, and
press releases over Bit Torrent. Our generation sees their time as
precious, if it is possible to release the same content they currently
are, to the masses, faster than traditional mediums, my question to
the Government is this: Why not?
13) The world sits idly watching the current state of the Global Pirate Parties, now getting recognition globally such as the Swedish Pirate Party, the Pirate Party United Kingdom., the smaller Pirate Party of the United States, and now, the Pirate Party of Canada. Amazing how much attention groups that started small and earned recognition defending the people of the world, rather than corporate interests, have received. If there is something you wish to promise to the small people, the peers out there sharing the material, what would that be?
13) I personally, will promise that if you, our global citizens, seed
our ideals, then I will do everything in my power to protect all of
our freedoms, our privacy, our culture, and our responsibility, to
share that culture.
14) What changes do you hope to implement to your BitTorrent tracker within the future?
14) At this time we are artists only, though I do hope to diversify
this by promoting FOSS and other Creative Commons material in the
15) Many large torrent trackers have went down either due to political or legal pressures, and left many within the community of torrents and those hosting the torrents no longer able to scrape those trackers. How can you assure the community that the CaPT torrent tracker is not going to go under such as many popular trackers have already?
15) We won't bend to any legal pressure, because there is nobody with
leverage against us to cause us any. Due to the fact that all of our
material is CCLed, nobody has any reason, or foundation to apply legal
or political pressure. And come on, we "are" the Pirate Party.
We understand that the PPCA is very busy right now, and we thank you for taking the time out to sit down with us here at Extra Torrent. Everyone please thank Jake Daynes the Marketing and Public Relations Director for taking the time out to speak to our community. We all appreciate what you are doing and know that you have the support of all of us here. With that said, peace and prosperity to you, sir. To our community, you can visit their website @ http://www.pirateparty.ca/ if you wish to support their ventures.
Thanks for your time, I look forward to reading the article.Posted by: Date:
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
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