Where do I start?

Hmm, where to start.

I joined the Pirate Party when it was first established in the UK.  I am a strong believer in freedom of speech and the free sharing of knowledge.  Add into that I believe that the power, influence and enforcement of the current copyright system is damaging those prime belief and also stifles creativity and you basically have the reasons why I joined.

I'm not a politician and probably never will be.  I'm a freelance IT consultant and have nearly 40 years of experience of computing.  I have seen the freedom of the BBS system and its morphing into the Internet.  I remember the nostalgic days of attending computer clubs and sharing ROM's of software with fellow members.  Something has seriously wrong with a political system when content providers can encrypt media then get government backing to pass laws that make the decrypting of that media illegal.  This, in itself, counters this Government's claim to support fair use.  How can you have fair use, when the media you are trying to use fairly cannot be decrypted because of legal sanction?

Copyright was originally conceived to allow content creators a monetary return to encourage them to create more content.  The current law protects copyrighted works for 70 years after the death of the creator.  I've not seen the many dead artists creating new works lately.  Therefore it is safe to say that the law is not working.

Anyway, this seems to have turned into a rant.  That was not my purpose.  The upshot is that I am seriously thinking of getting more involved in this party, as I strongly believe that it is a cause well worth supporting.