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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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RE: Why is this a Top Story?
By Vanilla Thunder on 8/16/2007 5:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
Not true. All of the music on the masterpiece known as Paul's Boutique was created with uncleared (unpaid for) samples and jacked beats. There is NO WAY this album could be made today. The artists sampled range from Curtis Mayfield, to the Eagles, to the Beatles, and more. Do you have any idea what it would cost to sample a Beatles song? That is if you could even get permission to use it. Also, all of the tracks were done by an unkown (at the time) duo calling themselves The Dust Brothers in a basement. Mike D met these guys and begged for them to let the B Boys use their tracks for their new album. This album is pure genius and so far ahead of it's time, and the general public just overlooked it. The laws might have been the same, but the enforcement of said laws were no where near the level they are now, because in 1988, hip hop was still small money music. One of the first lawsuits that had a huge impact on the sampling scene was when The Turtles sued De La Soul over their sampling on 3 Feet High and Rising. This set the precedent and let musicians everywhere know what was being done and the money they could make. Bottom line. Now, with hip hop being a huge source of cash for record companies, many artists are collecting the residuals they "deserve", and a record company would never invest the amount of money it would cost to get all the clearances for PB. The return could never come close to the cost.

Vanilla "Eggman" Rollo

RE: Why is this a Top Story?
By nilepez on 8/17/2007 1:34:23 PM , Rating: 2
Do you have any idea what it would cost to sample a Beatles song? That is if you could even get permission to use it.

You could never clear it. I think how the sample is used is what really matters. When the sample is the hook, I'm less enthused. Examples of what I don't like include, but are certainly not limited to, Vanilla Ice's giant hit and to a lesser degree, P.M. Dawn's Set Adrift....(which used a very recognizable part of Spandau Ballet's hit, "True").

OTOH, using P.M dawn as an example I liked, their song Downtown Venus uses all kinds of samples, including some Deep Purple (song title now escapes me). If I hadn't read it in the credits, I never would have known it was there.

And I agree with others that note how hard it is to do sampling well. Likewise, the men and women who do lots of scratching, are very talented. I still remember seeing OZO Matli (sp) open for Lenny Kravitz, and their DJ played a kick ass drum solo using to records.

Twas a time I thought scrathcing and all that was crap. I was wrong. I'll never be a big rap fan, but there are plenty of talented people in that genre.

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