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
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.
quote: Besides, i can get 2 thousand signatures for just about anything by standing outside of a BK drive thru in suburban columbus.
quote: Yes, I remember seeing that clip fly around. Now, remember... we let these same people vote :)If that doesn't scare the hell out of you, I don't know what will.
quote: As scary as that is, our nation is built on the freedoms that we have, and each one of us, including the dumb ones, has the right to vote.
quote: Yeah really. Look at the Man Show. They got women to sign a list of people who wanted to revoke Women's Suffrage.I hope to god everyone on here knows what that is. Cause the women who signed it didn't.