It took nine efforts, but the Czech Pirates had been edging their way onto conspicuous terrain in various local elections, including netting 5.3 percent of the total vote in Prague in 2015. The itself having a Pirate Mayor after garnering 21 percent of the vote. Retaining their oppositional colours, the Czech Pirates are insisting on avoiding the muddying nature of coalition talks with the overall winners. (The dangers of compromising collaboration!) Their agenda is one that has become fairly known across its other incarnations: the abolition of internet censorship, the favouring of institutional transparency, and the revision of, amongst other things, punitive copyright laws. But
Dr. Binoy Kampmark other agenda items form their twenty point program, including improving the lot of teacher salaries and tax reform. The latter point particularly appropriate, given the party’s experimentation with testing EU laws on the subject of pirate sites through its “Linking is not a Crime” stance. This was sparked, in large part, by attempts by the Czech Anti-Piracy Union to target a 16-year-old for that great terror of the regulator: linking to content designated as infringing of copyright law. Launching several of their own some 20,000 links to 5,800 movies, the Czech Pirate Party was overjoyed by the prospect of prosecution. “Our goal is to change the copyright monopoly for sharing culture with their friends.” As Czech Pirate Party chairman Lukáš copyright industry lobbyists are now dealing with a political party which didn’t run the website for money but because of our conviction that linking is not and should not be a crime.” The gains of the party showed a certain mood at work and, as has been the case in much of Europe, proved boisterously, and at stages angrily, antiestablishment.
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“Europe’s redemption lies in the re 2000 (and of Göteborg 2001), a tenyear development plan that focused on innovation, mobility and education, social, economic and environmental renewal. Otherwise a generational warfare will join class and ethnic