During the latest PP-EU conference, held in Paris, the Swedish PiratPartiet delegate Mattias Bjärnemalm explained the state of the negotiations between PP-SE and the Eurosceptic EUDemocrats (EUD – Alliance for a Europe of Democracies) and invited the other Pirate Parties to address their concerns regarding this issue.
The Galician Pirates have recently started a collaboration project with the Spanish NGO “Graba tu Pleno” (“Record your Plenary”). In short, the Pirates will coordinate the NGO’s actions in Galicia, and will receive full media/logistics support in exchange.
During the month of February the Pirate movement grew by 9,994 followers on Facebook and 5,586 followers on twitter. This brings the total amount of people following a Pirate Party on Facebook or Twitter to 690,756 people
The content industry is using its new method of threatening anybody who tries to help the Pirate Bay with legal action. The ISP, being used by the Norwegian Pirate Party to provide bandwidth, has been forced into revoking the access. Instead of threatening the Norwegian Pirate Party, like they did a week ago in Sweden, they go straight for their ISP. It is simply force majeure being used by well funded international interests.
The European Commission is currently planning the next revision of IPRED, the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive. At the very least the directive is expected to carve the current copyright regime deeper into stone, thereby further preventing much needed reform.
Today we are introducing a new feature in the Pirate Times. At the end of every month we will be asking a few questions based on the articles that we have published in that period and some based on Pirate trivia.
One week ago the Pirate Party of Sweden (PPSE) received legal personal threats for supplying The Pirate Bay (TPB) with Internet access. They were given a week to make a decision about stopping the provision of TPB with Internet access or face a legal battle. PPSE decided to step aside and have handed the responsibility to the Pirate Party of Norway (PPNO) and the Pirate Party of Catalonia (PPCAT).
On Thursday evening, 21 February 2013, European Pirates got a new way to connect with Brussels and the European Parliament. Swedish Pirate MEP Amelia Andersdotter and her capable team have set up a regular streaming service so that Pirates and of course, any interested person can watch live and ask questions.