Sunday, 1 April, 2018 - 13:00

If you live in Wales, are aged 11-18 and want to take part in the Welsh Youth Parliament you will not be allowed to disclose your party affiliation.

The Welsh Government announced the end to their consultation in November 2017 and have decided on the particulars surrounding the Welsh Youth Parliament, despite never publishing the results of the consultation.

Those aged 11-18 are permitted to take part, the first elections will be November 2018 and there will be 60 members but none are allowed to disclose their party association(s). Indeed it is unclear if any register of...

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Music industry steals musician's copyright

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The music industry is always complaining about "copyright theft". Except when they do it, of course...

Which brings me to the case of Edwyn Collins, the Scottish musician whose most famous hit is probably A Girl Like You. He has been barred from uploading his own music to MySpace, because the music industry erroneously say they own the copyright:

Edwyn Collins has been barred from streaming his own song through MySpace. Management for the former Orange Juice frontman have been unable to convince the website that they own the rights to A Girl Like You, despite the fact that they, er, do.

Last day for consultation responses

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When the Pirate Party UK was formally registered, one of the first things we did was ask our members to respond to the government's consultation on P2P file sharing. Since then we've seen a lot of developments, with Lord Mandelson threatening to cut whole families off the net for the actions of just one person, and various lobby groups such as the Featured Artists Coalition coming up with their own, often contradictory statements.

If we don't want these profit-motivated groups to write their own laws, then we need to make our voices heard, and one way to do this iby responding to this consultation document.

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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