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Pimpin' out your social media account - AKA promoting PPUK in EU elections

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Just two days to go until the EU elections and the excitement is mounting. You want to do something to show all your family and friends that you're a die-hard Pirate Party evangelist but need a little help. How can you show your dedication to this important cause? Well, I have some answers...

Firstly, in true Pirate style, give us all your money! If not all, then any sum, no matter how small will help. If we don't reach our £5,000 target we won't get any of the money!

Secondly you can show your support for us via social media by clicking on the twitter/facebook/tumblr support options on our ThunderClap campaign. This will let us, in true Pirate fashion (over using this yet? no? good!), hijack your account to send a single message of support. All our supporters will send the same (or similar) message at the same time creating a masive wave... a wave upon which we can ride to success!

Thirdly (yes, there's more!) you can add a Vote Pirate twibbon to your twitter/facebook account. If you don't want to do this via the twibbon website you can pimp out your own avatars using the attached transparent image and your favoured open source image editor.

What else can you do? We've made a plethora of campaign posters over the past few weeks, and these are all available (with source material). You can take these, mix, re-mix, use and re-use to your heart's content. You can also take to the twitterverse to proclaim your love of the Party and encourage others to vote for us. The hashtags we're using are: #VotePirate #EP2014 and for the pozible campaign #FundPirate

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Free speech victory as Wonga backs down on parody copyright claim

Payday lender Wonga has backed down on its attempt to remove a parody advert criticising them from Twitter after thousands of users (and the Pirate Party UK) defied the company by reposting the picture.

Wonga said:

"We accept that we were a little heavy-handed last week when we issued a Twitter Takedown notice for @BrandySnap's image, and having seen the full ‘Streisand Effect’ ourselves, we won’t be pursuing the notice"

The Streisand effect occurs when an attempt to remove or cover up information leads to it gaining significantly more attention than it would have done otherwise.

Wonga was on shaky legal ground by using a copyright claim under the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to ask Twitter to remove the image, although Twitter complied at first. Parody and criticism are protected as "fair use" under US copyright law.

Wonga censors Twitter critics - where's our right to parody?

Payday lender Wonga has forced Twitter to take down a user's parody advert by making a copyright claim. User @Brandy_Snap created the parody based on satirical arist William Hogarth's 1732 painting of a spendthrift held in a debtor's prison. @Brandy_Snap's parody superimposes the face of Earl, Wonga's "marketing character", on top of Hogarth's unfortunate debtor. It adds the words: "Fed up of final demands, whining relatives and debtors' prison?" and reproduces the Wonga logo with the added strapline: "Your soul is ours."

Twitter removed @Brandy_Snap's image from their tweet after Wonga's copyright complaint to Twitter which claims:

Earl's face has been doctored onto a painting in the tweet found at the URL above. Unauthorised use of all or a substantial part of a copyright work is an infringing act. The "wonga.com" trade mark device (blue stylised speech bubble with the words "wonga.com" in white) has been reproduced without consent. Unauthorised use of all or a substantial part of a copyright work (which the copyright owner asserts in addition to its trade mark rights) is an infringing act.

The United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) gives copyright holders the power to ask online publishers and web hosting providers such as Twitter to remove what they consider to be infringing material. In return, publishers are protected from legal action as long as they comply promptly with takedown requests.

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