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Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 - 22:15

Pirate Party UK statement about today's suspected terror attack in London.

The victims included many people just crossing Westminster bridge at the time of the incident. Some reported French students were included in the injured, along with some Policemen who were just returning from a commendation ceremony. While 2 of the confirmed dead include the assailant and an armed police officer.

The full police statement from Commander Harrington at this time can be found here....

Contact Name:
Harley Faggetter

Falkvinge's open letter to the music industry

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Rick Falkvinge, leader of the Swedish Pirate Party, is attending a conference in Manchester today. For the event, he's written an open letter to the music industry. It is reproduced below:

Dear music industry,

Thank you for inviting me to be the opening speaker at your conference In The City in Manchester, UK. I am inspired by your courage to bring what must be seen as a threat into the midst of your ranks.

MPs start to 'get it'

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Wouldn't it be good if MPs understood the futility of disconnecting alleged copyright infringers because it is so easy for file-sharers to mask their identity and activity?

Wouldn't it be good if MPs acknowledged that illicit file-sharing only costs rights-holders money when people download infringing content in preference to buying it, and that identifying offenders using the IP address of a specific machine may punish those who share a web connection?

Wouldn't it be good if MPs called on the Government to ensure that anyone accused of illicit file-sharing is given the right to legal redress in a court of law before sanctions are imposed?

Trafigura - a battle won, but a war still to fight.

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Two days ago, very few people had heard of Trafigura. Yesterday, Trafigura took legal action to try to keep it that way, but obtaining a court order stopping The Guardian from printing the already public information that an MP was about to ask a question about them in parliament. Today, thanks to an avalanche of outrage that made Trafigura the number 1 most talked about topic on twitter, nearly everyone on the net knows who they are and what they did.

It would be easy to congratulate our society for overturning an obvious injustice, to pat twitter users, the Spectator and many brave political bloggers on the back for kicking up enough fuss to force a climbdown. We could say that justice has been done, and that all's well now, but a bigger, more fundamental problem remains.

BREIN Accused of Fabricating Evidence for Court Case

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Dutch anti-pirate organization BREIN is alleged to have faked a credit report in order to bolster their legal fight against the founders of The Pirate Bay.  The founders have resolutely argued that they are not the ultimate owners of the site, which is registered in the name of a Seychelles business called Reservella.  BREIN's apparent discovery of an Experian credit report linking Reservella to one of the founders, Fredrik Neij, seemed to have doomed their defence. 

Music industry steals musician's copyright

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The music industry is always complaining about "copyright theft". Except when they do it, of course...

Which brings me to the case of Edwyn Collins, the Scottish musician whose most famous hit is probably A Girl Like You. He has been barred from uploading his own music to MySpace, because the music industry erroneously say they own the copyright:

Edwyn Collins has been barred from streaming his own song through MySpace. Management for the former Orange Juice frontman have been unable to convince the website that they own the rights to A Girl Like You, despite the fact that they, er, do.

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