This afternoon saw the second reading debate of the highly-controversial Digital Economy Bill in the House of Commons. This was the first opportunity for our current elected officials to have their say and yet took place within hours of the government …
Le Parti Pirate Suisse (PPS) a organisé sa première Assemblée des Pirates ordinaire. Le 5. Décembre 2009 à l’hôtel Ador à Berne 70 Pirates se sont réunis pour former l’avenir de ce parti encore jeune.
Le PPS n’existe que depuis le mois de Juillet de cette année. En conséquence la devise de la première assemblée ordinaire était d’optimiser les fondations afin de se préparer au mieux pour le futur.
Le PPS avait aussi quelques invités internationaux, en particulier Sven Clement, le président du «Piratepartei Lëtzebuerg» qui existe depuis le 4. octobre 2009. Le Luxembourgeois dynamique a aidé les pirates Suisses en traduisant tous les discours.
Avec une grande majorité de voix, l’assemblée a reconduit Denis Simonet comme président et Pascal Gloor comme vice-président. Les Pirates ont élu aux autres postes du comité; Patrik Hafner comme coordinateur, Thomas Bruderer comme secrétaire et Pascal Vizeli comme trésorier. Cette configuration du comité va assurer que les idéaux du mouvement pirate global soient aussi entendus en Suisse.
Un pas important était la révision des statuts. Entre autre l’assemblée a décidé que les donations de plus de CHF 500 par an par personne seraient rendues publiques. Ainsi le Parti Pirate met en œuvre la transparence qu’elle demande aux autres partis.
A la fin, les personnes présentes ont pu prendre la parole pour attirer l’attention sur sur des actions-pirates actuelles. Ainsi, il a été appelé à la participation active dans le mouvement contre l’«Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement» (ACTA) et informé sur la plate-forme pirate internationale qui se trouve encore en développement.
Le 5 décembre prochain se déroulera, à Berne, la première assemblée générale ordinaire du Parti Pirate Suisse. Vous y être evidemment tous cordialement invités. Votre présence est importante, nous allons voter des décisions importantes et élire le comité du parti. Vous aurez aussi l’occasion de partager vos avis avez des Pirates de nos pays voisins car nous les avons aussi invité à venir en tant qu’observateurs.
- Date: 5 Décembre 2009
- Heure: 13.00-19.00
- Lieu: Hotel Ador, Laupenstrasse 15, 3001 Berne (Route: Anglais Allemand)
Informations sur le déroulement
Comme défini lors de la dernière assemblée, les assemblées seront maintenant présidées par un président du jour élu par l’assemblée précédente. Cette élection n’ayant pas eu lieu lors de la dernière assemblée (du fait que la règle venait d’être votée), le comité à désigné le président en la personne de Simon Rupf. Il collaborera avec Denis Simonet et moi-même pour collecter les points de l’ordre du jour. Lors de l’assemblée, vous confirmerez définitivement par votre vote le président de l’assemblée. Lors ce cette réunion, nous pourrons alors déterminer, selon nos statuts, le président de la prochaine assemblée. Vous pouvez poster les demandes pour l’ordre du jour jusqu’au 28 novembre (selon les statuts) dans un post distinctif dans le forum. L’ordre du jour définitif vous sera envoyé le 30 novembre. Simon Rupf publiera dans ce même forum des informations complémentaires.
Elections du comité
Lors de cette assemblée auront aussi lieu les élections des membres du comité, en voici les règles:
- Chaque Pirate peut être candidat à l’élection.
- Chaque candidat doit poster dans le forum afin de se présenter. La présentation sera envoyée à tous les Pirates avec l’ordre du jour.
- Le délai de candidature est fixé au 28 novembre à 13 heures.
Vote et élections par correspondance
Les statuts prévoient un droit de vote et d’élection par correspondance. Les votes doivent être envoyés à:
Denis Simonet Römerstrasse 9 2563 Ipsach
Toutes les lettres qui arriveront jusqu’au 5 décembre (y compris) seront prises en considération. En espérant vous voir le 5 décembre, Meilleures salutations, Pascal Gloor Vice-Président
This statement can be downloaded here.
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The Pirate Party UK is pleased to announce its line-up of parliamentary candidates for this year’s General Election. The party intends to put forward a total of ten candidates across England and Scotland. Andrew Robinson, the party leader, said, “We have a strong team, who want to stand up for your rights, for your freedoms, for your interests, but we desperately need to raise funds. This is the only chance we will have in the next few years to get our voices heard. Help us get these candidates on to the ballot papers.”
The ratified PPCs are:
- Andrew Robinson – Worcester
Andrew Robinson (41) is the leader of the Pirate Party UK, and a professional graphic designer. Andrew has long been involved in the pirate movement, and has lead the party since its formation in July 2009. Andrew believes that “politicians need to learn that blindly doing everything they are told by ‘rights holders’ has consequences at the ballot box. Voting pirate is the best way to remind them that we hold some rights too.”
- Finlay Archibald – Glasgow Central
A maths student at Strathclyde University, Finlay Archibald (19) has been heavily involved in running the vibrant Scottish branch of the Pirate Party UK. Since joining the party, Finlay has founded the first Pirate student society in the UK. Finlay wants to engage with the people of Glasgow to give them an MP that they can be proud of, something which Labour has proven they cannot provide.
- Tim Dobson – Manchester Gorton
Tim Dobson (19) is a systems engineer who helped set up Digital Freedom in Education and Youth, an organisation dedicated to supporting digital rights in education. As a founding member of the Manchester Free Software group, Tim is also heavily involved in the free and open source software movement.
- Shaun Dyer – Leicester West
Working as an IT systems auditor, Shaun Dyer (26) has lived in Leicester for almost a decade. As an experienced computer security professional, he is ideally situated to bring to parliament a real understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by Digital Britain.
- David Geraghty – Derby North
David Geraghty (19) is a student and avid music fan. He believes in supporting artists without penalising fans, something that the record labels have demonstrated an unwillingness to do. David believes that the music industry does not currently give adequate support to upcoming artists, and wants to prevent the abuse of fans by this industry.
- Graeme Lambert – Bury North
A keen local campaigner and sportsman, Graeme Lambert (18) hopes to run a campaign based on transparency after charges were brought against Bury North’s current MP regarding his expenses claims. Announcing his candidacy, Graeme said, “The people of Bury North deserve an honest MP that will represent them properly after the disgraceful actions of David Chaytor, and that person is me.”
- Luke Leighton – South West Surrey
Luke Leighton (40) is a free software developer with extensive experience in project management and software engineering. He understands the importance of the increasing impact that the Internet and software are making on our way of life, and is acutely aware of the problems inherent in handing control over to multi-national corporations, through the innocuous right to enforce “intellectual property”.
- Jack Nunn – Cities of London and Westminster
Jack Nunn is a semi-professional musician who has previously worked with the Pirate Parties internationally and believes that the Pirate movement “is fundamentally a civil rights movement, working to protect the human rights and basic freedoms of individuals”. To this end he has recently contacted the Joint Committee on Human Rights about the impact of the Digital Economy Bill.
- Mark Sims – East Ham
As an ICT teacher, Mark Sims (37) has a strong appreciation of the implications of copyright, patents, privacy and freedom of speech in the digital world. Mark feels that this understanding has been poorly demonstrated by Stephen Timms, Minister for Digital Britain, one of his opponents in East Ham.
- Alexander van Terheyden – Bethnal Green and Bow
A financial expert with a long history of political campaigning, Alexander van Terheyden (29) has a strong understanding of both the social and economic impacts of copyright and patent law. Mr van Terheyden wishes to reign-in the “big brother state” and defend civil liberties and freedom of speech.
The party still needs to raise a considerable amount of money to fund their campaigns. Peter Brett, the party’s Deputy Campaigns Officer, explained:
“We’d love to give as many people as possible the opportunity to ‘Vote Pirate’ in the election. Unfortunately, this means we need to raise just over £9000 in addition to the funds previously raised through member subscriptions. This will be just enough for all our candidates to pay their deposits and to have a reasonable amount for publicity materials.”
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The Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) today released a study on the supposed effects piracy has and will have on the EU’s Creative Industries. The Pirate Party has criticised the report for containing dubious facts, inconsistencies and sloppy methodology.
The report vastly overestimated the size of the creative industries in Europe by including manufacturers of TVs, photocopiers, paper, transport and even the postal system, all of which are unlikely to be affected at all by piracy.
Andrew Robinson, Pirate Party UK leader, said
This is just the latest round in an industry-sponsored campaign of scaremongering that began with the infamous ‘home taping is killing music’ hyperbole in the 1970s and 80s. Their grossly inflated figures are achieved by including anything even tangentially related to creativity as an ‘interdependent industry.’ We are expected to believe that piracy damages paper pulp producers, accounting machine manufacturers and railway operators. Yet again, we are asked to swallow the lie that every download is a lost sale.
In calculating the “losses” due to piracy, the study uses the highly flawed “lost sales” model. The figures used for the music industry alone contradict figures provided by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which suggest that, despite a global recession, the total revenue to the music industry has increased over the last few years. The data also contradicts recent statements by the film industry, which has also announced box office sales at their highest since 2002 and second highest since 1971.
The predictions for the future are similarly flawed and based on the notion that the “retail losses” caused by piracy will increase 560% by 2015; something that could only conceivably happen if the content publishing industries continue to actively persecute their consumers, but are ludicrous when considering the slow but steady rise in legitimate online distribution models being developed both within and without the creative industries.
The study did highlight the huge growth in digital markets. It is worth noting that most of the advances made in this area have been implemented by the content industry only in response to the demands of consumers for content available in digital formats – indicated by the rise of piracy.
Andrew Robinson continued “The claimed losses of £1200 per household in the UK are clearly ludicrous. I certainly don’t know anyone who has an extra £1200 in their pockets thanks to piracy.”
EMI takes a much honest approach to reporting the effects of piracy in their 2008 financial accounts (the same year as covered by the BASCAP report):
However, the impact of piracy is complex and some have argued that pirated tracks consumed cannot be proven to equate directly to lost sales (people who cannot afford to buy CDs may pirate them) and that pirating may sometimes promote consumption by helping to create a reputation for music. There is also evidence that people who pirate music buy more music than some other consumer groups.
Why would EMI tell a different story to the rest of the music industry? Because their new owners – equity capital firm Terra Firma – had to explain the need to turn around a business they considered all too similar to the rest of the music industry: overblown salaries, excessive expense accounts, huge advances to musicians that could never be repaid with sales. Terra Firma have since made huge cuts in staff, turning around EMI, through cutting back on the ‘fat cat’ mentality that saw, again per their own accounts, “£700,000 [on taxis] in the last year. This was only slightly less than the bills of 3 investment banks, with 8-10 times more staff than EMI Music.”
Andrew Robinson went on to say:
Piracy is not the clean-cut issue this report pretends that it is. Complex factors are at work, and this country needs a well informed debate on the issues. I’m deeply saddened that the Digital Economy Bill is being rushed through parliament with assumptions based on biased research like this.
Most of the evidence available seems to indicate that more money is going into the creative industries than ever – those sectors and businesses that have embraced the Internet and the distribution and marketing potential that it offers are flourishing and it is the other areas, if any, that are suffering. Perhaps organisations such as the BPI should focus more on investing their resources in new, progressive, and genuinely innovative business models and content rather than on advertising campaigns complaining how their outdated methods are failing and lobbying governments for legislation that is unlikely to help them but comes at the expense of those businesses that are adapting and the rights, freedoms and privacy of the general public.
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