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Monday, 23 October, 2017 - 15:45

Czech Pirate Party (Česká pirátská strana) made massive gains recently in their National Government, winning 22 seats making them the third largest party, polling only 0.5% behind Civic Democratic Party, the 2nd largest party but making significantly larger gains.

This 10.8% vote share is an 8.1% increase on their 2013 figures, where they polled 2.7% but didn't qualifty for any representatives.

David A Elston, Pirate Party UK Acting Leader said, "We send our congratulations to the Czech Pirate Party for their dramatic achievement. They have demonstrated that the...

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Support for Gary McKinnon

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I am not going to make an argument for supporting hacker Gary McKinnon in his bid to overturn the decision to extradite him to the US.  If even the Daily Mail believes he should be tried in an English court, then I find it hard to believe that the average Pirate is not well aware of Gary's situation.  Most of you will have strong feelings about it too.  I admit that I do.  The goal of this post is not to argue for my opinion - policy should never be made on the fly - but to ask for your help in deciding if, and how, the party should support Gary.

Taylor on creative content on the internet

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Alice Taylor is Channel 4 Television's Commissioning Editor for Education, and a founding member of the Open Rights Group. She's recently written an essay for Creative Scotland -- a government body "tasked with leading the development of the arts, creative and screen industries across Scotland" -- which chimes with what the Pirate Party's been saying:

PRS threatens shop worker for singing

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The Performing Rights Society don't like bad press. Today, the BBC are reporting that the PRS have backed down after threatening 56 year old Sandra Burt of the A&T Food store in Clackmannanshire, Scotland with a fine of "thousands of pounds" for the serious crime of singing to herself while stacking shelves without purchasing a licence.

Threats from the rights organisation had already forced the shop to get rid of the radio that Sandra Burt used to enjoy listening to, despite the fact that the radio station had already paid the monopoly's self dictated rate for the right to broadcast music to the public.

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Robinson on Radio 4's Click On

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Pirate Party leader Andrew Robinson was interviewed on the radio 4 programme Click On this Monday, discussing how the Pirate Party got started and where it's going. Until next Monday, you can listen to it on the BBC iPlayer; the segment begins at 6:15.

Falkvinge's open letter to the music industry

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Rick Falkvinge, leader of the Swedish Pirate Party, is attending a conference in Manchester today. For the event, he's written an open letter to the music industry. It is reproduced below:

Dear music industry,

Thank you for inviting me to be the opening speaker at your conference In The City in Manchester, UK. I am inspired by your courage to bring what must be seen as a threat into the midst of your ranks.

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