Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2012 07:35 UTC
In the News "Germany's upstart Pirate Party has overtaken the Greens to become the third strongest political grouping in the country, according to a new poll. The survey by Forsa for broadcaster RTL showed support for the Pirates, whose platform is based on internet freedom and more direct participation in politics, pushing up to 13 percent and outstripping the Greens for the first time." Not surprising. I have lots of close friends in Germany (especially in the former DDR), and for obvious reasons, I've noticed they tend to have a very firm grasp of concepts like privacy and government spying. The bit about six parties being a lot and troublesome for coalition building made me smile.
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RE[2]: What's in a name
by Sandlord on Wed 11th Apr 2012 21:11 UTC in reply to "RE: What's in a name"
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Considering their stance on "copyright" and intellectual property in general, the term "pirate" is a well fitted word. While I agree about some of their points (the length of copyright protection and patents on drugs/software), I think they are taking things a bit too extreme:


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That said, a raise of the Pirate Party is good for putting pressure on the government to look into the issues related to IP and Privacy, and possibly come up with more reasonable policies than the existing ones and the pirate party ones.

There is a big difference on that topic between the swedish and the german pirate party.
The german pirate party wants that the artists earn most of the money, not the ones who distribute the work like it is now. There is no mention about legalizing "pirating" of music.

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