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Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 14:15

As soon as the snap General Election was announced, Pirates rose from our ranks, willing to take the fight for free culture, evidence based policy, copyright and patent reform, and an end to warrantless blanket mass surveillance to Westminster.

David Elston, our Acting Leader and Lead Candidate for the Local Elections, standing in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan will be furthering the campaign upwards, contesting the Vale of Glamorgan seat in South Wales against the incumbent Conservative Secretary for Wales.

Elston said:

"I am delighted to be pushing the local campaign...

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David A Elston / Mark Chapman / Jason Winstanley

Meet our 500th Member

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The Pirate Party UK recently passed the 500-member mark.  Our 500th member is Hakim Akayour, a motorcycle enthusiast from Hertfordshire.  We asked Hakim why he supports the Pirate Party, and this is what he told us.

“I love my motorbike.  For me, it means freedom.  I've ridden my bike all over - all around Europe and down to North Africa too.  It makes me worried that there's politicians who would even think of putting chips into every bike and car and monitoring our every move.  l know the government will try and brand it as a method to stop people driving on the road without road tax, but once the system is in and it's too late to stop them they can start using it for a magnitude of other things.

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Illegal Downloads from LilyAllenMusic.com!

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You could not make this up. Not even the wildest pirate having the most insane pirate dream would make this up.

Lily Allen, through her website LilyAllenMusic.com, infringes copyright by offering the music of other artists for free download.

You can read the full story at Michael Masnick's Techdirt blog.

Lily Allen has publicly argued that infringing copyright is wrong because it is the same as stealing. She said downloading pirated music is killing the music industry. Except, it seems, when it helps her music career.

Building a strong political party

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When we sent off our party registration form to the Electoral Commission less than a dozen weeks ago, we were all absolute beginners at running a political party. We elected 4 officers, because there were 4 officer jobs to be filled in on that form. We've come a very, very long way in a few short weeks, with more media coverage than we could have hoped for, and as officers, we've learned a lot about how a political party works. We've had our share of teething troubles, as you might expect from any group of volunteers, but we've learned a lot of lessons too, and we now have a much clearer picture of how much interest there is in the Pirate Party UK, and what needs to be done to turn this large group of  interested people into a fully functioning political party capable of contesting major elections ... and that's what I'm blogging about today.

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Lily Allen: Broken Records, Broken Laws

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Lily Allen, daughter of the guy who played the corpse in Shallow Grave, possessor of a third nipple and alleged pop icon, has recently grabbed another claim to fame: self-appointed spokesperson for copyright laws. In her new blog, called 'It's Not Alright', Allen recycles familiar arguments that downloading is the same as stealing and it threatens the poorest people working in the music industry. If you believe her, it is just a coincidence that the most vehement critics of downloading are music execs and millionaire superstars like Allen.

Amelia Andersdotter interviewed by Daily Telegraph

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Amelia Andersdotter, the Swedish Pirate Party activist who will become an MEP if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified, has been interviewed by Andrew Keen of the Daily Telegraph:

Amelia Andersdotter of Sweden's Pirate Party from andrewkeen on Vimeo.

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