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Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 21:30

No, it's not the title of the latest Zelda game. The #SaveTheLink campaign has been pushing to keep the internet a free place to express ourselves after the EU Commission proposed a new EU Copyright Directive...

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UK ISPs to start sending Pirates letters

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017 - 23:00

A group of UK ISPs will soon send written warnings to account holders associated with IPs suspected of accessing illegally shared files. The only ISPs to have publicly agreed to the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme, the active portion of the Creative Content UK initiative from BPI, so far are the big four, namely Sky, BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk. It is unclear if their subsidiary companies (such as BT's Plusnet) are included, and only Virgin Media has gone into any detail as to how the process will work.

Publications forced to join state-approved regulator

Tuesday, 10 January, 2017 - 18:45

First the Snoopers Charter sought to kill privacy, then the DE Bill plans to remove our freedom to choose which publications we want to expose ourselves to, but now the Conservatives are going to the source with the activation of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

Section 40 was in response to the Leveson Inquiry, which recommended legal remedies should be more easily available to the public.

In principle, this is a good idea, however the Act is terribly worded.

Pirate Party Media Spokesperson David A Elston said:

2017 - NEC Election

Ahoy Pirates,

Following the NEC election process at the end of 2015 which attracted no candidates, the party has had no members of the NEC and has been being run by the Board of Governors. Given the lack of candidates, the NEC Elections were perpetually open for people to stand should they wish and we have now had people indicate interest in formally standing for the positions of Deputy Leader and Secretary. 

As such, we are looking to run a formal election process for these positions and nominations are now open for these 2 positions from now until 23:55pm on the 19th January. There will then be a 2 week period during which the Party membership can vote. Given that the other positions are technically open as well - if you get in touch with the party (through any of the usual channels - email, Discord or the community forum) we can formally open them up for nomination as well.

You can read about the positions and what is involved here: https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/nominations/so-you-want-stand

You can nominate or second someone here: https://pirateparty.org.uk/election/2017-nec-election

Once the Nominations period is completed, we will run a Vote process for all those positions which have attracted Nominations, and during this time please ask questions of those who have put themselves forward (on Discord - https://discordapp.com/invite/ZtPYHHw, or on the community forum https://community.pirateparty.org.uk/).

Kind Regards,

Pirates across Europe... What can we expect in 2017?

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As we start a New Year - time for a quick look ahead at the wider political situation for Pirates across Europe.

PiratenPartij - Dutch Elections in March

As I mentioned a few months back the Dutch Pirates are up and running in their campaign to secure their first elected representative(s) to the Dutch Parliament. The election will take place in March, but the campaign for all parties is now in full flow and the most recent Opinion Poll shows the Pirates getting a single seat. This is a positive start for Ancilla van der Leest and the Piratenpartij given the greater media exposure that other parties benefit from. They will really want to secure and build on that level of support as the campaign proper gets underway.

Parti Pirate - French Legislative Elections in June

Sir Ivan Rogers, UK's ambassador to the EU quits

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Sir Ivan, the man who would play a main role in the negotiations with the EU during the UKs extraction has resigned, sending a 1400-word thank you letter to his staff setting out his problems with why he felt his position was untenable and the current Governments position with regards to leaving the EU.

He begins his letter reminding the team that he was due to leave later this year

“As most of you will know, I started here in November 2013. My four-year tour is therefore due to end in October - although in practice if we had been doing the Presidency my time here would have been extended by a few months.

As we look ahead to the likely timetable for the next few years, and with the invocation of Article 50 coming up shortly, it is obvious that it will be best if the top team in situ at the time that Article 50 is invoked remains there till the end of the process and can also see through the negotiations for any new deal between the UK and the EU27.

It would obviously make no sense for my role to change hands later this year.

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