Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
sinetimore

Hoist The Jolly Roger, Argh!

The EU just shit itself.

The Pirate Party, a Swedish group that stands up for digital rights, just won one of Sweden's 18 seats in the EU parliment.

They want to abolish patents, decrease surveilence on the internet, and deregulate copyright.

I can hear some of you, "But, Peter!  You create things that rely on copyright for protection!  How can you support someone that wants to take away your protections?"  (Assuming, of course, that deregulating copyright means the same thing as dismantling it, which I don't think it does, and what's more, we only have content-providers' word for what they represent.  It's awfully easy for them to manipulate information from halfway around the world.)

Well, I don't think they will destroy copyright.  They don't seem to be interested in making hentai dojinshi with underage anime characters legally buyable off the spinner racks at 7-Eleven.  They may make it harder to use copyright as an anti-competitve weapon, like how AP says that anyone quoting more than 25 words from one of their articles has to pay a license fee.  There's a lot of people controlling content who are spitting in the eye of Fair Use.  Besides, with only one seat, it's not like they could abolish copyright if they wanted to.  Sort of like the conspiracy theorists who say Barack Obama is actually a Muslim and a threat to the Christian values this nation was founded on.  Uh, for that to happen, it would have to be passed by Congress, who would never go for it, for fear of losing their phony baloney jobs and chances at higher office.  We could elect an unrepentent anarchist and he wouldn't get his way.  It's part of the checks and balances baked into the Constitution by our Founding Fathers.  The President can't introduce legislation, only Congress can, so knock off the scare tactics, assholes.

I don't remember which flag was "taking prisoners" and which was "no prisoners".  I'm sure Mornblade will correct me, though.
Tags: art, computers, did not do the research, digital rights, drm, foss, history, just desserts, news, open source, patent law, politics, stupidity, technology is a beautiful thing, this ought to be interesting
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