On the Pirate Party - Rickard "Rick" Falkvinge - Roland's Notes

A stirring call to political action to address copyright and other civil liberties issues. Full On the Pirate Party Keynote notes after the break.

  • 2006 website set up
  • problem was channeling interest
  • 3 million hits in a few days
  • breakthrough may 31, 2006 when pirate bay raided
  • first election september 13, 2006, .63% of the vote
  • largest party for under 30s
  • goal to get noticed - current copy right is a major threat to civil liberties
  • all of this has happened before :-), BSG reference!
  • catholic church attacked technology of printing press not the writers
  • printing press was banned in 1535 in france
  • origin of copyright is repressive censorship legislation meant to stifle dissent
  • copyright being defended as being "property"
  • copyright = gov sanctioned monopoly on duplication & public performance
  • return copyright to cover commercial use only
  • encourage all non commercial collection, use, derivation, spread of our knowledge & culture
  • we are not just listeners or users, we are participants, we take part and are part in a way that's never been possible before
  • infrastructure for this vision is built
  • all we need to do is remove the political ban to using the tech
  • being for or against file sharing is liking being for or against organic carbon compounds i.e. file sharing will exist no matter what we do, but you can do a lot of damage to open society by trying to stop it
  • 8 gb on nokia or android phone is the amount of storage on hard drives during napster era, first apps on android will be easy file sharing over bluetooth or wifi
  • pirate party == next generation civil liberties movement
  • i.e. catholic church all over again
  • platform:
    • right to privacy
    • government transparency and accountability
    • strengthen due process
    • reduce copyright (cover commercial use, reduce length e.g. 5 years from date of publication)
    • abolish patents (especially software)
    • information politics affects everything e.g. eco friendly manufacturing