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Pirate Party Launched in UK

A new force in politics?

A new force in politics?

“We’re still in the early stages of forming the party,”  leader Andrew Robinson said on Thursday. “We’re still very small.”

The UK organisation has around 250 active members, Robinson said.

Electoral Commission registration allows the party to raise funds and list Pirate Party UK candidates at the next general election, which must take place before June 2010. Similar parties elsewhere have won election victories: the Swedish Pirate Party gained a seat in the European parliament in May, while the German Pirate Party has an elected MP.

The Pirate Party UK intends to campaign before the next general election on issues such as patent and copyright reform, and freedom from excessive electronic surveillance.

It is proposing an exemption from copyright law for non-commercial file-sharing, which is essentially an extension of fair use. Under UK copyright law, fair use allows organisations such as schools and news agencies to use parts of a copyrighted work.

In May, government advisors estimated there were seven million file-sharers in the UK. The government’s Digital Britain report, released in June, put forward a statutory maximum fine of £50,000 for copyright infringement.

“The government is saying that there are seven million people that share files in Britain, and that file-sharers should be punished with a maximum fine of £50,000,” said Robinson. “The fact that the government has threatened to bankrupt up to 10 percent of the population shows the need for a party that understands technology.”


Olympian Challenge

Rugby sevens?


Women boxing?

Hardly the kind of thing you’d expect from the Olympics but on womens boxing it’ll be in there from 2012, with the other two sports being introduced in 2016.

Boxing in fact is the only Olympic sport where there hasn’t been an opportunity for women to compete until now. I’ve seen a few potential participants in Dumbarton over the years.

I heard a radio phone in caller suggesting darts and snooker as possible events.

Personally I think Monty Python may have been on the money with their suggestion almost forty years ago.