Scottish PEN Seek Reform of Law on Defamation

Scottish PEN Seek Reform of Law on Defamation

Scottish PEN is working with a range of organisations to reform the legislation governing defamation in Scotland. As it stands, the existing legislation severely undermines freedom of expression, limiting the ability of media outlets, bloggers, social media users and civil society to share information in the public interest. The ability for powerful interests to suppress free speech thus presents a challenge to fundamental freedoms. The concern […]

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International Day of Action Against DRM – May 3rd

International Day of Action Against DRM – May 3rd

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, the world comes together to say “No!” to Digital Restrictions Management DefectivebyDesign.org is calling for a global day of action on 3 May to protest against DRM. Who are DefectivebyDesign.org? DefectivebyDesign.org is an international, participatory and grassroots campaign which unites a wide range of projects, public interest organisations, web sites and individuals in exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they […]

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Protest in Berlin Against Death of Free Speech

Protest in Berlin Against Death of Free Speech

Bruno Kramm, leader of the Berlin branch of the Pirate Party of Germany, was arrested last Friday. Kramm now faces prosecution under section 103 of the German criminal code for ‘insulting’ Turkish President, Recep Erdoğan. Despite the pending prosecution he is already preparing for his next protest. On 29 April 2016, Kramm will take part in a silent ‘Mahnmarsch’ (warning march) through Berlin’s Tiergarten to a demonstration outside […]

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Head of Berlin Pirate Party Jailed Over Erdogan Protest

Head of Berlin Pirate Party Jailed Over Erdogan Protest

This post is also available in Russian. Bruno Kramm, the head of the Berlin branch of Germany’s Pirate Party, was arrested yesterday for ‘insulting a representative of a foreign state’. During a protest he had quoted a satirical poem by the comedian, Jan Boehmermann. Police arrested Kramm in front of the Turkish embassy in Berlin. The arrest came during a protest against the German government’s […]

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Líder del Partido Pirata de Berlín arrestado en una manifestación contra Erdogan

Líder del Partido Pirata de Berlín arrestado en una manifestación contra Erdogan

Bruno Kramm, el líder de la territorial berlinesa del Piraten Partei alemán fue arrestado ayer por “insultar a un representante de un Estado extranjero”. Durante la manifestación él citó un poema satírico escrito por el comediante Jan Boehmermann. La policía detuvo a Kramm frente a la Embajada de Turquía en Berlín. El arresto fue durante una protesta contra la decisión del gobierno alemán (a principio […]

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Reda’s Report was Approved – A Turning Point for Copyright

Reda’s Report was Approved – A Turning Point for Copyright

The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament passed an amended version of Julia Reda’s copyright evaluation report on 17th June in Brussels. The committee’s non-legislative report, assessing the effects of the key piece of EU copyright law, was approved by 23 votes to 2. Julia – a member of the Frankfurt chapter of the German Pirate Party, president of the Young Pirates of Europe, […]

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Key TTIP vote postponed

Key TTIP vote postponed

An important vote on TTIP at the plenary session of the European Parliament, which was due to take place tomorrow morning (10 June 2015), has been delayed at the last minute. The reason offered is that there has been such a large number of amendments to the proposal that MEPs need more time to consider it. However, critics say that the postponement of the TTIP vote reflects just […]

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Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij Released from Prison

Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij Released from Prison

Fredrik Neij was released from prison in Skänninge, Sweden, on 1 June 2015, after serving two-thirds of a 10-month prison sentence for his involvement with Pirate Bay in enabling copyright infringement. Neij was instrumental in the operation of the Pirate Bay and was involved in the 2009 trial that saw him and fellow co-founders, Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (anakata), convicted of copyright offences. […]

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Andrew McCallum: A New View on the Pirate Movement [Pirate Visions]

Andrew McCallum: A New View on the Pirate Movement [Pirate Visions]

This pirate vision comes from a new set of eyes, someone who recently became a pirate because of the visions we have. Andrew McCallum is a poet with a PhD in philosophy, in his own words “I’m a fat, middle-aged thinker and a writer with a dicky ticker, who still dwells existentially in a largely analogue world. “ These articles are part of the weekly series ‘Pirate […]

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Leaders of PPAU and PPUK Step Down

Leaders of PPAU and PPUK Step Down

Brendan Molloy from PPAU and Loz Kaye from PPUK, who have both led their Parties for several years, are stepping down. Fresh from campaigning as the Pirate Party candidate for the Manchester Central constituency in last week’s UK General Election, Loz has decided to “step down to spend more time with my family” and “balance my life better.” This does not mean that Loz will […]

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