AW: thanks for the return to sanity. Yes, it may be a more important story in European politics, especially if the movement can siphon disillusioned young people from the increasingly mainstream Greens.
It just seems to me that something like a Pirate Party has a better shot at getting media attention than the EFF does. So even if the party's sole accomplishment is bringing these issues to the surface, I think that's not such a bad thing.
Maybe that's true for the States, but there seems to be a moderate groundswell in Europe. Getting 15 candidates elected to a State Parliament at this early stage in their development indicates swifter growth than the Green Party. But it may be a niche thing.
While the issue of copyright infringement in the music world sort of annoys me, given the greed and would-be reign of terror by record companies, in literature I'm not so sure. A lot of authors aren't getting paid what they should because books are being replaced with CDs or digital versions and royalties are reduced significantly.
It's pretty clear that we're in some really iffy territory. I think once we see 3D printers really come into their own it's going to get even more so. Just how different must your specs be to be able to print something? Can you patent a fork?
On patents, there's an inherent problem. They need to be very precisely and narrowly drafted, so if you don't ring fence your valuable patent with a series of variations (which are then shelved), a competitor can patent a very similar invention.
My pleasure. I think it's no bad thing to be opposed to political parties as such, but I have no idea how to get rid of them. The Pirate Party needs to rebrand itself at some point to be taken seriously.
A US Pirate party wouldn't work the same way. The way the congress works favors a 2-3 party system max. I think at one point the highest we had was 5 ligitamate parties. That was about a 100 years ago with the great depression.
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