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Phase 1: Signatures
From January 1 to February 4, we collect two thousand signatures for the Election Authority.
Phase 2: Register
February 5 to 28, we quarrel with the Election Authority to get them to accept our registration.
Phase 3: Candidates
March 1 to April 15, we find our parliamentary candidates for the respective election circuits here in a forum on piratpartiet.se.
Phase 4: Ballots
April 15 to 24, we ready our ballots and order them. They're delivered 45 days before the election, that is, August 9. (Translator's note: in Sweden, challenger parties must supply the polling stations with their ballots.)
Phase 5: Campaign organisation
During May, June, July, and Augusti, we build an activist organization in all cities with more than 50,000 people.
Phase 6: The Election
September 9 to 17 is the final stretch. The goal is that we, unlike other challenger parties, will have people at every polling station where we're active. They're handing out the Pirate Party ballots, which have been printed and distributed. We need physical presence when the time comes.
Our party program
Intellectual property rights, a.k.a. legislated monopolies
All intellectual property rights are abolished: copyright, patents, design patents, trademarks. Additionally, copyright is abolished as first parliamentary decision after the coalition agreement (no commissioned reports, no stalling).
All related economic transfer mechanisms (like the blank media levy) are abolished.
There are a couple of international agreements that concern copyright. We'll leave the Berne convention; we declare in the UN that we no longer accept WIPO as an authority, and we disregard the WTO. (The United States will totally go bananas, but we disregard that too.) In case there are European Union frameworks, we ignore them too (if France can do it, we can do it. Finland set an excellent example there with the first turn of the EUCD.)
Limitations of contract law, et al
Contracts banning, limiting, or punishing dissemination of information (other than personal, private data, or information directly concerning national security) become unenforceable, and such clauses are completely banned from consumer products. With "information", we refer to anything representable in digital format. We criminalize the use of technical means to prevent dissemination of information (other than the types already mentioned).
The postal secret is elevated to a general communications secret; today, it's locked to a specific technology (the postal service). Messengers (such as ISPs and telecom administrators) may not use data about people's communications for anything else than its technical maintenance. Privacy gets defined in the constitution, and may not be violated or put under surveillance by authorities. Personal data are owned by the person concerned, who has an exclusive right to determine how they may be used, including the right to change his or her mind without notice or process. This right cannot be waived.
The Data Retention Directive shall not be implemented.
Thomas Bodström gets a section all of his own in the party program. Since he's shown himself to be dangerous for the concept of privacy, part of our platform is that this man shall not get any new public job, except for selling hot dogs outside of Parliament. We justify this by claiming his ability to do additional damage to society would be minimal in that position.
No transfer of wealth
We make an active choice in not holding an opinion on wealth-transfering policy. Such policies are typically perceived as left-to-right issues. We are neither green, blue, nor red; we fly the Jolly Roger and no other flag.
Would you like to change something?
Join the forums! As the elections approach, we'll vote on which points are the most important to us.