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Pirate Party demonstrators at a rally in Stockholm, Sweden on June 3, 2006.  (Source: Marcus Andersson)
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Citing the state of Utah’s “strong history of political diversity and technological progress,” the Pirate Party of the United States has officially opened its doors for signatures in the state of Utah. The Utah branch, known officially as The Pirate Party of Utah, has until February 2008 to collect the 2000 signatures it needs for official recognition.

Ray Jenson, interim Administrator for the Pirate Party of Utah, says, “This is a big step forward for our party. Utah is a perfect place to start. With the right people, we actually stand a chance at turning around the civil liberties situation.”

In an e-mail correspondence with DailyTech, Jenson revealed that while The Pirate Party of Utah does not wish to be overconfident, at the current rate it expects to meet the minimum signature requirement sometime in mid-November. Note that these estimates represent actual, legally useful signatures -- not site registrations, which number substantially higher. Website registrations cannot be counted officially -- in fact, according to Jenson, the “register” link is only for “forum registration, and has nothing to do with [the] party.”

Aaccording to its web site, the Pirate Party of the U.S. was founded in July 2006, and seeks to change United States laws that govern over copyright, privacy and network neutrality. “The Pirate Party wants to return copyright law to its original purpose: to promote distribution of works as rapidly and widespread as possible,” states one section of on copyright issues; “we wish to rescind the many, mostly harmful, copyright acts that have been passed since the Copyright Act of 1790. In our view, America got it right the first time.”

Despite the name, The Pirate Party does notcondone the stealing of copyrighted works: “We've chosen to adopt the Pirate name so as to pay homage to the creative artists of the past, or as they would now be known, Pirates, thieves, and copyright infringers. We do not support nor condone any unlawful distribution of copyrighted works.”

The Pirate Party of the U.S. is representative of a larger international movement, says spokesman Andrew Norton, and Pirate Parties in various forms exist in Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Germany and others. Originating in Sweden, The Pirate Party or Piratpartiet, has met considerable success since its founding on January 1, 2006. In just 36 hours, Piratpartiet gathered 4,725 signatures, 2,275 over the 2,000 minimum signatures needed to gain official recognition. In the Swedish General Election of 2006, the party captured almost 35,000 votes, making them the 10th largest party out of the 40 parties participating.

Plans are already in the works for the party’s first rally, however the details have not finalized. “We'll issue a press release as the details are finalized,” says Jenson.

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By Polynikes on 8/15/2007 11:59:53 PM , Rating: 4
Why do they even bother? I mean, start a party called the "Internet Freedom Party" or something if your ideology includes legitimate things like better copyright laws. Naming their party that way is like having a party whose focal point is improving the prison system and calling it "The Murderer Party." They're never going to get anywhere. My guess is it was founded by a bunch of ignorant teenagers.

RE: Seriously?
By lompocus on 8/16/07, Rating: 0
RE: Seriously?
By KristopherKubicki on 8/16/2007 7:28:36 AM , Rating: 3
Well, I mean if its The Clash ... they have it coming

Oh yeah don't pirate DailyTech!

RE: Seriously?
By TomCorelis on 8/16/2007 2:00:13 PM , Rating: 3
Aw, cmon. I've always wanted to sue someone's pants off. And, if they're hot, their shirt too.

RE: Seriously?
By Misty Dingos on 8/16/2007 11:13:15 AM , Rating: 2
Are they a special interest group or a political party? What I am getting at is that these guys as a core belief simply want to change some laws. If that happened they would not have a reason to exist. While you can make the argument that all political parties are just special interest groups with better tax benefits I just don't buy that these guys want to change the world one copyright law at a time.

In my book they are a SIG not a political party. They just don't have the broad appeal that you can base a political view point on.

Democrats want to run things from the top down in their own way. Same with the Republicans and the Communists and the Libertarians.

Special Interest Groups. NRA, more guns for everyone! Hand Gun Control, no guns for anyone! NORMAL, dope for everyone! AARP, Dope and guns for old people!

The difference between a SIG and a political party is easy to make. They can call themselves a party but they are a SIG. And thus they need to get over themselves. Call themselves what they are lobbyists.

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