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Schedule until elections

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.

Do you want to run for Parliament?

The Pirate Party is looking for people around the country who want to have their name on the ballots of 2006. Yes, really. We need to submit our candidates to the Election Authority fairly soon, so there's little margin.

In a later stage, in April, we'll determine who out of those interested now that end up on the printed ballots.

 

Give us your best reasons!

Everybody has their own reasons as to why copyright, patents etc are bad ideas. Why not submit yours and share with pirates and others alike?

 

Just opened, sorry about the disorder...

Ok, that was way too much attention for this site in way too little time. :) Piratpartiet.se opened at 20:30 on January 1, and had 75,000 hits six hours later.

...and over a million hits over the first whole open day, January 2.

Edges ARE a bit rough around here still. Or, to use better wording, just opened.

 

What's Rick doing right now?

Writing the code that validates signatures.

Sorry I haven't had time to respond to everybody, it's not to be impolite or disrespectful. The past 24 hours have been wild...

 

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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.

 

International agreements

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).

 

Privacy

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

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.