Pirate Parties International
|Formation||18 April 2010|
|Type||International nongovernmental organisation|
|Pirate parties and affiliated associations|
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Pirate Parties International (PPI) is an international non-profit and non-governmental organization with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 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.
The PPI statutes 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.
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. 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 2009, the original Pirate Party won 7.1% of the vote 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.
On 18 April 2010, the Pirate Parties International was formally founded in Brussels at the PPI Conference from April 16 to 18.
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 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.
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 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.
As of 1 January 2021, PPI has the following 40 ordinary members with the voting power of 37 (parties sharing territory split the vote among themselves):
- Pirate Party of Austria
- The Pirates Center of Belarus
- Pirate Party of Belgium
- Pirate Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Pirate Party of Brazil
- Pirate Party of Bulgaria
- Pirate Party of Catalonia (1/2 vote; vote shared with Spain)
- Pirate Party of Chile
- Czech Pirate Party
- Estonian Pirate Party
- Pirate Party of France
- Pirate Party Germany
- Pirate Party of Greece
- Pirate Party of Hungary
- Pirate Party of Israel
- Italian Pirate Party
- Pirate Party of Japan
- Pirate Party of Kazakhstan
- Pirate Party of Korea (South)
- Pirate Party of Latvia
- Pirate Party Luxembourg
- Pirate Party of Morocco
- Pirate Party of Netherlands
- Pirate Party of New Zealand (1/2 vote; vote shared with IP New Zealand)
- Internet Party New Zealand (1/2 vote; vote shared with PP New Zealand)
- Pirate Party of Norway
- Polish Pirate Party
- Portuguese Pirate Party
- Pirate Party Romania
- Pirate Party of Russia
- Pirate Party of Spain (1/2 vote; vote shared with Catalonia)
- Pirate Party of Slovakia (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Slovakia)
- Pirate Party - Slovakia (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Slovakia)
- Pirate Party of Slovenia
- Pirate Party Switzerland
- Pirate Party of Tunisia
- Pirate Party of Turkey (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Turkey)
- Pirate Party Turkey (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Turkey)
- Ukrainian Pirate Community
- Pirate Party of Venezuela
In February 2015, Pirate Party Australia resigned from PPI due to serious disagreement with the direction and management of the organization. In the same month, Pirate Party UK also resigned and in March the Belgian Pirate Party suspended its membership within PPI.
On 20 April 2015, the Pirate Party of Iceland voted overwhelmingly to leave PPI. 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 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.
The PPI is governed by a board, formerly led by two co-chairs, 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. 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.
|No.||Term||Co-Chairs (chair & vice-chair from 2015 onwards)||General Secretary||Treasurer||Member of the board||Alternates|
| Grégory Engels,
||Joachim Mönch||Nicolas Sahlqvist||
| Samir Allioui,
|Lola Voronina||Pat Mächler||
| Grégory Engels,
||Travis McCrea||Ed Geraghty||
| Grégory Engels,
||Thomas Gaul||Marc Tholl||
| Maša Čorak,
||Thomas Gaul||Sebastian Krone||
| Andrew Reitemeyer (chair)
Patrick Schiffer (vice-chair)
|Henrique Peer||Karla Medrano|
| Guillaume Saouli (chair)
Bailey Lamon (vice-chair)
|Thomas Gaul||Keith L. Goldstein|
| Guillaume Saouli (chair)
||Keith L. Goldstein||Thomas Gaul|
| Guillaume Saouli (chair)
||Keith L. Goldstein||Michal Gill|
| Bailey Lamon (chair)
||Keith L. Goldstein||Daniel Dantas Prazeres||
| Bailey Lamon (chair)
||Michal Gill||Sebastian Krone|
All board meetings are recorded and the minutes are published here: https://wiki.pp-international.net/wiki/index.php?title=PPI_Board/Board_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)||June 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
- "The Pirate International is born". Presseurop. 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
- "Pirate Parties International Statutes" (PDF). Pirate Parties International. 18 April 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- Ben Jones (9 June 2007). "Pirates Gather at First International Pirate Party Conference". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "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.
- "Swedish pirates capture EU seat". BBC News. BBC. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- Will Smale (27 April 2010). "Election: Can Pirate Party UK emulate Sweden success?". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- "European Pirate Platform 2009". Pirate Party (Sweden). Archived from the original on 8 September 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- "Uppsala-Deklaration". Piratenwiki (in German and English). Pirate Party Germany. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- The Prague Declaration
- "PPI Dec 6 2020 General Assembly". BBC News. BBC. 6 December 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
- "Pirate Party Australia resigns from PPI". 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
- "PPUK leaves PPI". 25 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "PPBE suspends their PPI membership". 4 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
- "Icelandic Pirates: PPIS Vote to Leave PPI and Birgitta only Politician to increase in Trust". 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- "Motion P01: Proposition ang. att lämna observatörsmedlemskapet i PPI". 10 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- Pirate Parties International Statutes, Article XIII.
- Pirate Parties International Statutes, Articles IX - XI.
- "Resigned on 22nd of February 2020". Retrieved 13 March 2020.
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