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Pirate Party secures third place in Iceland elections

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Although there was much speculation that suggested the Icelandic Pirate Party had the momentum to come first in the recent general elections there, it only managed third place in the end. Still, that represents a huge upswing in its popularity over the previous election and gives it a chance that …

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What will happen if the Pirate Party wins power in Iceland?

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As much as the various Pirate Party political groups that exist around Europe might seem like protest-vote, or single issue parties, that’s not necessarily the case. In fact in Iceland, the Pirate Party stands a solid chance of winning the general election at the end of October. So what happens …

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Pirate Party Iceland support holds strong in election lead up

Just a few months after noting how well the Pirate Party was polling in Iceland, it’s really looking like we may close out the year with the first Pirate majority government. Following the recent resignation of the Icelandic Prime Minister, the Pirate Party continues to poll well, with now more than …

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Pirate Party could take control of Iceland following Panama leak

Update: The Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has now officially announced his resignation. His deputy will continue on his stead until a new leader can be chosen. The Panama Papers leak which has painted targets on the backs of many of the world’s leading politicians with suggestions of corruption and …

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Pirate Party proves most popular in Icelandic polls

The Pirate Party may not have huge success in every country it operates, but the Icelandic branch is making great strides. Although the next parliamentary election isn’t set to take place until 2017, the Pirate Party is currently polling with 38 per cent of the vote, putting it more than …

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Czech Pirate Party happy at charges of operating torrent site

When you get a letter through the post informing you that you are to be charged by the authorities for operating a platform that facilitates copyright infringement, a positive response is not expected – just ask Kim Dotcom. But that’s exactly how the Czech Pirate Party reacted, suggesting that it …

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Pirate Party storms to success in Icelandic polls

It looks like the Pirate Party may be set to take more than a few seats in the Icelandic parliament when the next general election rolls around, as it has surged to the head of the most recent polls in the country, securing some 34.2 per cent of all voter …

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Norwegian Pirate Party opens Pirate Bay DNS workaround

It was a sad day when the British Pirate party, PPUK, announced that it would have to close its Pirate Bay proxy site over fear of legal action from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), as the party truly believed that by averting censorship it was doing the right thing. That seems …

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Snooper’s Charter dropped from counter-terrorism bill

Just last week we learned that within a couple of days time, a group of lords would attempt to pass through the counter-terrorism bill with added measures from the much decried “Snooper’s Charter,” which would have forced ISPs to retain details of their customers, for up to a year. These …

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EU Pirate MP releases report on copyright

One of the more exciting developments in copyright law history has been taking place over the past six months. While many governments around the world champion stricter copyright controls thanks to lobbying from select groups of media conglomerates, the European Union is considering reshaping copyright law to make it more …

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Norway’s anti-piracy laws go unused

The rest of Europe, including the UK, has been gunning for pirate websites as usual over the past 12 months, though they have used different tactics: blocking the whole site instead of charging downloaders with piracy in a court room. However one country that’s seen very little anti-pirate activity is …

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Pirate Party loses Swedish seats, gains a German one

With the EU election results in and the British press going gaga over UKIP’s stomping, its also worth taking note of how the Pirate Parties of the world did. More took part in this election than ever before, but despite an impressive turnout across the continent, the pirates now have …

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Pirate Parties are gunning for European parliament

With the European elections less than two weeks away, many political parties around the country and the continent have been ramping up the rhetoric and sending out their adverts in an attempt to sway voters. This is pretty standard fare, but what isn’t, are the numbers of Pirate Parties looking …

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German Pirate Party flies drone into election rally

In what must be seen as an attempt to draw attention to the local branch of the Pirate Party and to highlight problems with invasions of privacy, a German election rally for chancellor Angela Merkel, was interrupted when an unmanned drone was flown within metres of her campaign podium during …

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Pirate Party Iceland gains parliamentary seat

Following on from the announcement that the Pirate Bay would now be hosted on the small island nation of Iceland, the local Pirate Party there has now managed to surpass the five per cent of the vote needed in a general election, in order to garner a seat in parliament, …

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Authorities threaten Swedish Pirate Party

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Our own British Pirate Party has been targeted by copyright lobbyists in the past, and it’s happening again with the Swedish version. Copyright lobby group “Rights Alliance” is threatening to sue the political party if it doesn’t cease its hosting of The Pirate Bay website. The letter sent to the …

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German police take down Pirate Party servers

German police have taken down servers related to the German Pirate Party. This operation was started by the French authorities. The Piratenpartei Deutschland issued a statement which said “police confiscated a number of servers of the German Pirate Party which are provided by AixIT in Offenbach, for a French investigation”. …

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