Introducing the Australian Pirate Party
Posted: January 26th, 2010
Is downloading of copyrighted content theft? Should we reform the concepts of digital and intellectual property? Do new technologies like BitTorrent really require new criminal statutes or should record companies change their business models? Is the criminalisation of file sharing really just protecting the interests of mega corporations?
Tonight we welcome to the show David Crafti, President of the Pirate Party of Australia to discuss these and more questions.
What is the Pirate Party all about? From the pp website:
Real property is something that you can touch. In simple terms, if one person possesses it, another person cannot possess it at the same time. Intellectual property is information. If a person makes a copy of a song, the person who owns the original is not deprived of the song.
The Pirate Party is dedicated to protecting civil liberties with an emphasis on reform of copyright law, freedom of speech and protection of privacy. Other policy areas include opposition to internet censorship, support for an R18+ rating for games and providing parents with software tools to manage access to the internet.
The Australian Pirate Party has affiliations with movements around the world which are rapidly gaining in popularity.
- From Jan 25-29, Oz websites will turn their lights out to inform Australians about the threat of Internet censorship
- Bin Laden takes credit for the underpants bomber, threatens more attacks using white females
- David Kelly post mortem to be kept secret for 70 years as doctors accuse Lord Hutton of concealing vital information
- IPCC chief admits Himalayan glacier fraud
- Italy to impose draconian internet censorship measures
- France prepares to crack down on web pirates and users alike
- Photographers protest over UK terror search laws