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The Pirates are coming…and this time they’re legitimate! August 12, 2009

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August has seen the launch of a new political party here in the UK. The Pirate Party (http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/) is built on the premise that the law needs to change to meet the needs of the 21st century. They aim to reform copyright and patent law, end  ”excessive” surveillance and ensure that everyone has “real” freedom of speech,

Already established in Germany and Sweden, the party is actively campaigning for the legalisation of “non-commercial file sharing” and to reduce the length of copyrights. With the area of digital piracy receiving increased attention in the media, a political party that has stated that the “government plans to brand seven million British file sharers as criminals” could stimulate some interesting political debates.

As a concept I can see where this party is coming from but in practical terms is a three point manifesto enough to base a political party on? With seven million file sharers in the UK can we really say they are all innocent?

So as the Pirate Party sets sail and appeals for people to join them on their maiden voyage, I for one will not be climbing aboard just yet. This is a definite case of time will tell but I will certainly be watching their progress over the coming months…