*The first Pirate party was the Swedish Piratpartiet, founded on January 1, 2006 by Rick Falkvinge. Other parties and groups were formed in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. In 2007, representatives of these parties met in Vienna, Austria to form an alliance and plan for the 2009 European Parliament elections. Further conferences were held in 2008 in Berlin and Uppsala, the latter leading to the "Uppsala Declaration" of a basic platform for the elections. In September 2008, Andrew Norton (United States) was appointed as coordinator of the PPI collective.
At the 2009 conference of Pirate Parties International in Uppsala (Sweden), European Pirate parties agreed on a common declaration of the parties' goals for the upcoming election of the European Parliament. Central issues of the declaration are:
- reform of Copy Right, exemption of non-commercial activity from copyright regulation, reduction of the duration of copyright protections; banning of DRM technologies, opposition to media or hardware levies;
- reform of Patent law, particularly stating that patents on life (including patents on seeds and on genes) and software should not be allowed;
- strengthening Civil Rights, transparent government, speedy and fair trial and Freedom Of Speech; expansion of the right to anonymity in communication.*
The UnitedStates Pirate Party (USPP) is a political party created on June 6, 2006. In 2010 it became an officially registered party in Massachusetts... In 2012, a coalition of state Pirate parties formed the Pirate National Committee (PNC). By July of that year, the PNC drafted and adopted a new constitution, which outlined a broader ideology inspired by Rick Falkvinge's Pirate Wheel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Pirate_Party
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