Pirate Parties International

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Pirate Parties International
PPI signet
AbbreviationPPI
Formation18 April 2010 (2010-04-18)
TypeInternational nongovernmental organisation
Legal statusAssociation
PurposePolitical
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Membership
Pirate parties and affiliated associations
Chairperson
Bailey Lamon
Vice-Chairperson
Gregory Engels
General Secretary
Michal Gill
Treasurer
Sebastian Krone
Main organ
General Assembly
Websitewww.pp-international.net
  Elected in EU Parliament
  Elected nationally
  Elected locally
  Registered for elections
  Registered in some states
  Unregistered but active
  Status unknown
  Ordinary members
  Observer members

Pirate Parties International (PPI) is an international non-profit and non-governmental organization with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.[1] Formed in 2010, it serves as a worldwide organization for Pirate Parties, currently representing 39 members from 36 countries across Europe, Americas, Asia, Africa and Australasia. The Pirate Parties are political incarnations of the freedom of expression movement, trying to achieve their goals by the means of the established political system rather than just through activism. In 2017 PPI had been granted special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.[2]

Aims[edit]

The PPI statutes[3] give its purposes as:

to help establish, to support and promote, and to maintain communication and co-operation between pirate parties around the world.

The PPI advocate on the international level for the promotion of the goals its Members share such as protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the digital age, consumer and authors rights-oriented reform of copyright and related rights, support of information privacy, transparency, and free access to information.

The name "Pirates" itself is a reappropriation of the title that was given to internet users by the representatives of the music and film industry and does not refer to any illegal activity.

History[edit]

The first Pirate Party was the Swedish Piratpartiet, founded on 1 January 2006. Other parties and groups were formed in Austria, Canada, 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.[4] Further conferences were held in 2008 in Berlin and Uppsala, the latter leading to the "Uppsala Declaration" of a basic platform for the elections.[5]

In 2009, the original Pirate Party won 7.1% of the vote[6] in Sweden's European Parliament elections and won two of Sweden's twenty MEP seats, inspired by a surge in membership following the trial and conviction of three members of the ideologically aligned Pirate Bay a year earlier.[7]

On 18 April 2010, the Pirate Parties International was formally founded in Brussels at the PPI Conference from April 16 to 18.[1]

Uppsala Declaration[edit]

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.[8][9] Central issues of the declaration are:

  • reform of copyright, 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 genes) and software should not be allowed;
  • strengthening civil rights, transparent government, speedy and fair trial, freedom of speech, and expansion of the right to anonymity in communication.

Prague Declaration[edit]

At the conference of Pirate Parties International in Prague (Czech Republic) in 2012, European Pirate parties agreed to run in the elections to the European Parliament in the year 2014 with a common program as well as establish a European political party (European Pirate Party, PPEU). The declaration[10] has been followed by conferences in Potsdam and Barcelona to work on the structure of the legal body to come and the statutes for it.

Member Parties[edit]

As of 1 January 2021, PPI has the following 40[11] ordinary members with the voting power of 37 (parties sharing territory split the vote among themselves):

  1. Austria Pirate Party of Austria
  2. Belarus The Pirates Center of Belarus
  3. Belgium Pirate Party of Belgium
  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina Pirate Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  5. Brazil Pirate Party of Brazil
  6. Bulgaria Pirate Party of Bulgaria
  7. Catalonia Pirate Party of Catalonia (1/2 vote; vote shared with Spain)
  8. Chile Pirate Party of Chile
  9. Czech Republic Czech Pirate Party
  10. Estonia Estonian Pirate Party
  11. France Pirate Party of France
  12. Germany Pirate Party Germany
  13. Greece Pirate Party of Greece
  14. Hungary Pirate Party of Hungary
  15. Israel Pirate Party of Israel
  16. Italy Italian Pirate Party
  17. Japan Pirate Party of Japan
  18. Kazakhstan Pirate Party of Kazakhstan
  19. South Korea Pirate Party of Korea (South)
  20. Latvia Pirate Party of Latvia
  21. Luxembourg Pirate Party Luxembourg
  22. Morocco Pirate Party of Morocco
  23. Netherlands Pirate Party of Netherlands
  24. New Zealand Pirate Party of New Zealand (1/2 vote; vote shared with IP New Zealand)
  25. New Zealand Internet Party New Zealand (1/2 vote; vote shared with PP New Zealand)
  26. Norway Pirate Party of Norway
  27. Poland Polish Pirate Party
  28. Portugal Portuguese Pirate Party
  29. Romania Pirate Party Romania
  30. Russia Pirate Party of Russia
  31. Spain Pirate Party of Spain (1/2 vote; vote shared with Catalonia)
  32. Slovakia Pirate Party of Slovakia (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Slovakia)
  33. Slovakia Pirate Party - Slovakia (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Slovakia)
  34. Slovenia Pirate Party of Slovenia
  35. Switzerland Pirate Party Switzerland
  36. Tunisia Pirate Party of Tunisia
  37. Turkey Pirate Party of Turkey (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Turkey)
  38. Turkey Pirate Party Turkey (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Turkey)
  39. Ukraine Ukrainian Pirate Community
  40. Venezuela Pirate Party of Venezuela

Resignations[edit]

In February 2015, Pirate Party Australia resigned from PPI due to serious disagreement with the direction and management of the organization.[12] In the same month, Pirate Party UK also resigned[13] and in March the Belgian Pirate Party suspended its membership within PPI.[14]

On 20 April 2015, the Pirate Party of Iceland voted overwhelmingly to leave PPI.[15] A member of the executive, Arnaldur Sigurðarson, reported a 96.56% vote in favor of leaving, adding: “PPI has been pretty much useless when it comes to its objectives which should be to encourage international cooperation between Pirate Parties.”

In May 2015, the Pirate Party of Sweden resolved with a significant majority to leave PPI, canceling their observer status.[16]

In July 2016, the Pirate Party of Canada officially withdrew from Pirate Parties International citing ongoing troubles with the organization as well as a failure to adequately provide any accomplishments over its history.

Structure[edit]

The PPI is governed by a board, formerly led by two co-chairs,[17] and since the Warsaw conference of 2015 by a chair and a vice-chair. Policy, governance, and applications for membership are the responsibility of the PPI General Assembly which must convene at least once per year.[18] By the current rules, board members are elected for a two-year term, half of the board being elected every year. Since the 2019 General Assembly, the Board has 9 members (previously 7). General Secretary and Treasurer positions are filled by the board by its members.

PPI Board
No. Term Co-Chairs (chair & vice-chair from 2015 onwards) General Secretary Treasurer Member of the board Alternates
1st Board IV/2010

III/2011

Germany Grégory Engels,

Luxembourg Jerry Weyer

Germany Joachim Mönch Sweden Nicolas Sahlqvist

Serbia Aleksandar Blagojevic,
Czech Republic Jakub Michálek,
Bulgaria Bogomil Shopov

2nd Board III/2011

IV/2012

Netherlands Samir Allioui,

Czech Republic Marcel Kolaja
(receded)

Russia Lola Voronina Switzerland Pat Mächler

United Kingdom Finlay Archibald
(receded),
France Paul da Silva
(receded),
Germany Thomas Gaul

3rd Board IV/2012

IV/2013

Germany Grégory Engels,

Russia Lola Voronina

Canada Travis McCrea United Kingdom Ed Geraghty

Portugal Nuno Cardoso,
Serbia Jelena Jovanović,
Switzerland Denis Simonet

Australia Brendan Molloy,
Germany Thomas Gaul,
Italy Alessandra Minoni,
United States Andrew Norton
(receded)

4th Board IV/2013

IV/2014

Germany Grégory Engels,

Czech Republic Vojtěch Pikal

Germany Thomas Gaul Luxembourg Marc Tholl

Portugal Nuno Cardoso,
Russia Azat Gabrakhmanov,
Switzerland Denis Simonet

Serbia Jelena Jovanović,
Belgium Paul Bossu,
Poland Radosław Pietroń,
Turkey Yasin Aydın

5th Board IV/2014

VII/2015

Croatia Maša Čorak,

Belgium Koen de Voegt

Germany Thomas Gaul Germany Sebastian Krone

Germany Grégory Engels,
Norway Anders Kleppe,
Greece Stathis Leivaditis

Italy Marco Confalonieri,
Turkey Yasin Aydın,
Japan Min Chiaki,
Tunisia Chemseddine Ben Jemaa

6th Board VII/2015

VII/2016

New Zealand Andrew Reitemeyer (chair)

Germany Patrick Schiffer (vice-chair)

Brazil Henrique Peer Mexico Karla Medrano

Japan Min Chiaki,
Tunisia Chemseddine Ben Jemaa,
Switzerland Dr. Richard Hill,

Norway Anders Kleppe,
Russia Nikolay Voronov,
Belgium Koen De Voegt,
Germany Grégory Engels

7th Board VII/2016

XI/2017

Switzerland Guillaume Saouli (chair)

Canada Bailey Lamon (vice-chair)

Germany Thomas Gaul Israel Keith L. Goldstein

New Zealand Andrew Reitemeyer,
Norway Raymond Johansen,
Belgium Koen De Voegt

Russia Nikolay Voronov,
Germany Patrick Schiffer,
Germany Adam Wolf,
Germany Grégory Engels

8th Board XI/2017

XI/2018

Switzerland Guillaume Saouli (chair)

Canada Bailey Lamon (vice-chair)

Israel Keith L. Goldstein Germany Thomas Gaul

Belgium Koen De Voegt,
Norway Raymond Johansen,
Russia Nikolay Voronov

Germany Adam Wolf,
France Etienne Evellin,
Brazil Daniel Dantas Prazeres,
Germany Grégory Engels

9th Board XI/2018

XII/2019

Switzerland Guillaume Saouli (chair)

Canada Bailey Lamon (vice-chair)

Israel Keith L. Goldstein Czech Republic Michal Gill

France Etienne Evellin,
Norway Raymond Johansen,
Czech Republic Ladislav Koubek

Brazil Daniel Dantas Prazeres,
Germany Grégory Engels,
Canada Kitty Hundal,
France Cédric Levieux

10th Board XII/2019

XII/2020

Canada Bailey Lamon (chair)

Germany Grégory Engels (vice-chair)

Israel Keith L. Goldstein Brazil Daniel Dantas Prazeres

France Cédric Levieux,
Germany Thomas Gaul,
Czech Republic Michal Gill,
Norway Linda B. Tørklep,
Italy Giuseppe Calandra

Germany Sebastian Krone,
Switzerland Carlos Polo,
Norway Svein Mork Dahl,
Italy Cristina Diana Bargu[19]

11th Board since

XII/2020

Canada Bailey Lamon (chair)

Germany Grégory Engels (vice-chair)

Czech Republic Michal Gill Germany Sebastian Krone

Israel Keith L. Goldstein,
Switzerland Carlos Polo,
Chile Manuel Caicedo,
Catalonia Dario Castane,
Brazil Daniel Dantas Prazeres

Norway Svein Mork Dahl,
Germany Thomas Gaul,
Netherlands Ji Yong Dijkhuis

All board meetings are recorded and the minutes are published here: https://wiki.pp-international.net/wiki/index.php?title=PPI_Board/Board_Meetings.

PPI Conferences[edit]

International Pirate Party Meetings
Name Date of Meeting Location Host Party
International Conference 2007 8-10/6/2007 Vienna, Austria
International Conference 1/2008 26-27/1/2008 Berlin, Germany
International Conference 2/2008 27-29/6/2008 Uppsala, Sweden
PPI Conference 2010 (Founding Conference) 16-18/4/2010 Brussels, Belgium Pirate Party Belgium
PPI Conference 2011 12-13/3/2011 Friedrichshafen, Germany Pirate Party Germany
PPI Conference 2012 14-15/4/2012 Prague, Czech Republic Czech Pirate Party
Pirate Summer Conference 9-10/6/2012 Aarau, Switzerland Pirate Party Aargau
PPI Conference 2013 20-21/4/2013 Kazan, Russia Pirate Party of Russia
PPI Conference 2014 12-13/4/2014 Paris, France, on OpenSpace Conference Pirate Party of France
PPI Conference 2015 4-5/7/2015 Warsaw, Poland, on OpenSpace Conference Pirate Party of Poland
PPI Conference 2016 23-24/7/2016 Berlin, Germany Pirate Party of Berlin
PPI Conference 2017 25-23/11/2017 Geneva, Switzerland Pirate Party of Switzerland
PPI Conference 2018 3-4/11/2018, online continuation on 10/11/2018 Munich, Germany Pirate Party Germany, Pirate Party Bavaria
PPI Conference 2019 7-8/12/2019 online By video conference only
PPI Conference 2020 (w/out board election) 30/5/2020 online By video conference only
PPI Conference 2020 6/12/2020 online By video conference only
PPI Conference 2021 (w/out board election) 3/7/2021 online By video conference only
PPI Conference 2021 Q4 2021 TBD TBD

All conferences are recorded and the minutes are published here: https://wiki.pp-international.net/wiki/index.php?title=PPI_General_Assembly.

Pirate Party movement worldwide[edit]

See Pirate Party and List of Pirate Parties for an overview of all Pirate Parties around the world.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Pirate International is born". Presseurop. 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Non-Governmental Organizations Committee Recommends Economic and Social Council Grant Special Status to 14 Entities, Postpones Action on 53 Others | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases".
  3. ^ "Pirate Parties International Statutes" (PDF). Pirate Parties International. 18 April 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  4. ^ Ben Jones (9 June 2007). "Pirates Gather at First International Pirate Party Conference". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  5. ^ "The Uppsala Declaration or European Pirate Parties Declaration of a basic platform for the European Parliamentary Election of 2009". Piratpartiet. 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 8 September 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Swedish pirates capture EU seat". BBC News. BBC. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  7. ^ Will Smale (27 April 2010). "Election: Can Pirate Party UK emulate Sweden success?". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  8. ^ "European Pirate Platform 2009". Pirate Party (Sweden). Archived from the original on 8 September 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Uppsala-Deklaration". Piratenwiki (in German and English). Pirate Party Germany. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  10. ^ The Prague Declaration
  11. ^ "PPI Dec 6 2020 General Assembly". BBC News. BBC. 6 December 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Pirate Party Australia resigns from PPI". 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  13. ^ "PPUK leaves PPI". 25 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  14. ^ "PPBE suspends their PPI membership". 4 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Icelandic Pirates: PPIS Vote to Leave PPI and Birgitta only Politician to increase in Trust". 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Motion P01: Proposition ang. att lämna observatörsmedlemskapet i PPI". 10 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  17. ^ Pirate Parties International Statutes, Article XIII.
  18. ^ Pirate Parties International Statutes, Articles IX - XI.
  19. ^ "Resigned on 22nd of February 2020". Retrieved 13 March 2020.

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