“Intellectual Property” is not REAL property

“Intellectual Property” is not REAL property

This is an opinion article by Óscar which reflects the author’s ideas. — “Sometimes we discover unpleasant truths. Whenever we do so, we are in difficulties: suppressing them is scientifically dishonest, so we must tell them, but telling them, however, will fire back on us”. – Edsger W. Dijkstra [4] The present essay was written as part of an assignment in one of the PhD classes the […]

Read Me

EU Consultation on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

EU Consultation on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

The European Commission is currently holding a consultation to modernize the enforcement of Intellectual Property rights. They are looking for your input until 5 April 2016: In its Digital Single Market strategy the Commission committed to undertake a set of targeted actions which aim to foster the cross-border digital economy but also aim to ensure a safe online environment for business operators and consumers […] It will […]

Read Me

Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Setback for Intellectual Property Policies

Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Setback for Intellectual Property Policies

The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement) has been finalized. Now that the negotiators have agreed on the text all that is left is approval by the twelve involved nations: Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Japan. However, none of these countries will let their people decide about it in a referendum. Most of what we know about TPP has come […]

Read Me 2 Comments

Mumble Discussion on how to Fix Copyright @20.30 today

Mumble Discussion on how to Fix Copyright @20.30 today

Let’s talk about copyright. The German Pirate MEP Julia Reda would like to hear your opinions on what should be done with the current copyright reform. Update 20/3: You can listen to the recording of the talk if you missed it. The draft of my evaluation of the copyright directive of 2001 is now public. We are fast on our way to the final vote and […]

Read Me 1 Comment

New Snowden Documentary Censored Online

New Snowden Documentary Censored Online

In January, a leaked copy of the film Citizenfour was posted online. Citizenfour details how Edward Snowden leaked NSA documents, which revealed a massive government surveillance program. Soon after the film appeared online, copies of the film started to disappear from various websites. Copies of Citizenfour or links to the film have been removed from VodLocker.com, UploadC.com, Torrentz.eu, Youtube, and other websites. From links to […]

Read Me 10 Comments

An Interview from Brazil featuring Lexi Alexander

An Interview from Brazil featuring Lexi Alexander

A while ago Hollywood director Lexi Alexander (@lexiAlex) shared with us her ideas about file sharing and was both stunned at the viciousness of the reaction from the film industry and the lack of interest expressed by the Pirate community. Despite this she has come out fighting and is gaining respect and her voice is being heard amongst movie makers and goers around the world. […]

Read Me 2 Comments

2014: An Eventful Year for Pirate Party Australia

2014: An Eventful Year for Pirate Party Australia

The Pirate Party of Australia had a very busy year. With the start of a new year, Pirate Times takes a look at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the Pirate Party’s year Down Under. Griffith and Western Australian elections Following the Australian Labor Party’s loss of government at the federal election in September 2013, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd kept his word and resigned […]

Read Me

A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates Part 2

A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates Part 2

The full post is now found at A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates

Read Me 9 Comments

A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates

A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates

This is my fourth attempt at writing this requested guest blog for the Pirate Times. I actually gave up after the third one, but then it occurred to me that if we can’t talk to each other the bad guys win…and nobody wants that to happen. The issue I come across when explaining the inner politics of Hollywood, or any of the obstacles we filmmakers […]

Read Me

Why Julia Reda Supported Juncker for EU Commission President

Why Julia Reda Supported Juncker for EU Commission President

In her latest blog post, Pirate MEP Julia Reda declared that she voted for the conservative Jean-Claude Juncker in the recent election held on 15 July 2014. Her reasons were partly tactical and partly political. Tactical: The European Parliament had fought hard for the right to have input into the nomination process and voting for Juncker was a way to cement that right especially in […]

Read Me 2 Comments