Pirates for Parliament! (Again!)

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Now that I’m FAIRLY certain this is not a joke…………………………… This week, the new generation of creators and fans alike got some amazing news: another hero has volunteered to carry our voice into the halls of government. The grey-haired old guard in suits cannot ignore the internet generation much longer: Peter Sunde, founder of the… Read more »

I STILL Stand With Pirate Party UK

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This week brought sad news for the Pirateverse: BPI got its way by intimidation and force yet again. After vicious personal threats of bankruptcy against individual members of Pirate Party UK, the party’s Pirate Bay proxy has gone dark. It’s a bad day for creators and fans alike. But setbacks like these are not defeats. Rather, they are… Read more »

Artists: Stand With Pirate Party UK!

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Read the sad update on the fight [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzPtxyDF-qo&w=300] The creative world needs your help. The Pirate Bay is used by thousands of artists. When the Pirate Bay crew decided to help out creators with promotions, this was so popular that they’ve now created an entire site dedicated to artist promotions, The Promo Bay. While those lucky enough to get… Read more »

Copyright Debate at Litopia Writers’ Colony

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Update for anyone who wants to watch the fireworks over at Litopia. Update Update : Mike Masnick’s own account of the debate is up on Techdirt. LOZ: Let’s start by his attack on the British Library, which it was– RICHARD: –No it wasn’t, that is a complete and utter…that is… there you go again…… this is classic Pirate… Read more »

Falkvinge: Do we really have to prepare for the fourth box?

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TheFourthBox

Today’s post may seem like it doesn’t belong.  After all, this blog is normally about fiction, and what follows doesn’t have a damn thing to do with fiction.  But this blog also about Pirates. Many people think that Pirates are just about copyright. We’re not. We’re about civil rights. This morning I woke to the chilling image… Read more »

Falkvinge Reminds Us Why Declaring Independence Was A Good Idea.

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PirateGuy

…for creators anyway. While traditional industries fight change, independent creators everywhere thrive on it.   The internet is breaking the traditions of the creative industries apart.  Those with that quintessential human ability to adapt ought to be most proud.  Tomorrow is Pay A Blogger day, a day for supporting creators creating freely and for free,… Read more »

How shall the artists get paid?

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Update: Find my annotated version here To drag my thoughts away from Norway, I’ve been digging through pirate-y things to bring up here.  I dug this up from Falkvinge.net . It’s a little old, but since the copyright situation now is about what it was in January, it is still very much relevant. I didn’t… Read more »

Newspeak

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Part III of What Pirates Say To Copyright. (WTF? Start from the beginning) The copyright debate rests on an argument both inherently false and absurdly simplistic. Piracy is stealing. The contortion of the language has been so successful that the matter of “What is piracy?” in many people’s minds is settled beyond doubt. Questioning it… Read more »