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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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Courtney Love
By CyborgTMT on 8/16/2007 1:22:31 AM , Rating: 4
Seven years ago, in a rare moment of sobriety, Courtney Love blasted the record companies and the copyright laws. Seeing someone's perspective, not only from inside the industry, but also as one who's work is being 'pirated' makes for a really interesting read ( be warned, it's long ).
Maybe if 3 minutes later she wasn't sitting in a corner drooling, people would have listened and we wouldn't be in the DRM hell we are today. Good luck to the Pirate Party.

RE: Courtney Love
By n7 on 8/16/2007 1:53:46 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, great link.

RE: Courtney Love
By Spivonious on 8/16/2007 10:41:14 AM , Rating: 1
I know she was in the industry, but it was my understanding that recording costs, video costs, promotion costs, and touring costs were all fully paid for by the record company. In her example with the $1 million advance, then yes that goes towards the future of the band, so if they spend $1 million for all that stuff, they come out with zero, but royalties are not recoupable, so with 20% royalties and 1 million copies for $10 each, that's $2 million to the band. Split among four people that's $400,000. It's your own fault if you buy the $3 million house and go bankrupt.

RE: Courtney Love
By CyborgTMT on 8/16/07, Rating: 0
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