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Yearly archive: 2011

IRC meeting moving to Thursday this week

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We are moving the IRC meeting to this Thursday, December 29th.  It will still be at 9:30pm.  Talk with you then!

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Tell the House: Don’t Censor the Net!

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The House of Representatives will start considering changes to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Thursday.and may vote to approve it soon after.  Like the Senate bills, PIPA and CSFA, SOPA would create a variety of ways for corporations and the US government to censor the Internet. We released our SOPA Information Packet for House Members today. Please spread word about it and, if possible, get it to your Representative. We urge you to call your Representative and tell them to oppose SOPA and Net Censorship. Fight for the Future has a convenient web form that will give you talking points and will connect you to your Representative. Thanks to Everyone who Attended the Rally! Thanks for all the help people gave to make our rally a success. We told many people about the harm that PIPA, CFSA and SOPA would have and were able to present our information packet to the staff of Senators Brown and Kerry. We got some press for our recent efforts: Weekly Dig: The Internet As We Know It: SOPA AND PIPA BostInno: Open Letter: Don’t Let Congress Break the Internet Examiner.com: Massachusetts Pirate Party to hold Rally in defense of internet freedom

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Pirate Party Holds Rally to tell Senators Brown and Kerry: Don’t Censor the Net!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: James O’Keefe, 617-447-0210 PIRATE PARTY HOLDS RALLY TO TELL SENATORS BROWN AND KERRY: DON’T CENSOR THE NET! Boston, MA, December 6th, 2011 – At noon today, supporters of Internet freedom will tell Senators Brown and Kerry to stand up for keeping the Internet a free speech zone. The rally will be in front of the JFK Federal Building next to Boston City Hall Plaza. The PROTECT Intellectual Property Act (PIPA or “PROTECT IP,” S.968) and its companion bill, the Commercial Felony Streaming Act (CFSA, S.978) would fundamentally challenge our cherished right of free speech and allow not only the Federal Government, but even individuals to censor the Internet. “PIPA would permit the government to censor a website by cutting off funding to the site, requiring search engines to de-list the site, and requiring advertisers to withdraw their ads from the site and block that site’s ads. It would also require that Domain Name System (DNS) operators stop directing Internet users to the accused website. The US is emulating the Great Firewall of China and will harm the free speech rights of all Americans”, said James O’Keefe, Captain of the Massachusetts Pirate Party. Said lawyer and Pirate Party member Chris Walsh: “Under CFSA simply clicking a ‘share’ button or uploading a video of yourself singing a copyrighted song could lead to a sentence comparable with armed robbery, involuntary manslaughter, or assault and battery with a deadly weapon. CFSA would criminalize nearly everyone under the age of thirty.” These bills would place a huge burden on search engines, payment processors, and advertisers. Not only is an entire website put at risk for containing infringing content, but new burdens and liabilities are imposed on entities that have nothing to do with the infringement, and may not … Read more

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RELEASED: Dec. 6th Rally Posters

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Through the effort of Jeanne, Clay and Henry, we have the following posters ready for you to download and put up in your community. An hour with a bunch of these, a staple gun or clear plastic packing tape will go a long way towards getting the word out about our rally against censoring the Internet. Thanks!     The last two posters are different sizes. The first is 8 1/2 x 11 inches. The second is 13 x 17 inches.

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RELEASED: Information Packet for Senators Regarding PIPA and CFSA

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We just released our Information Packet for Senators Regarding PIPA and CFSA, two bills before the US Senate that would censor the Internet. We will be dropping these documents off to Senators Brown and Kerry at our Rally to Stop Congress’ Attempts to Censoring the Internet on December 6th. Please feel free to offer any suggestions for improving this document and spread word about the rally to the four winds. Thanks!

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Save the month: Pirate Conference – February 2012

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We will hold our first Pirate Conference in February 2012. It will be in the Boston area and will probably be the first or second Saturday of February. We are working on a site, exact date and conference schedule. If you can help, please contact us at info@masspirates.org. Thanks!

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Rally against PROTECT IP on Dec. 6th

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We will bring our fight against the PROTECT IP bill directly to Senator Brown’s Boston office on Tuesday, December 6th. We will meet at noon in front of the JFK Federal Building at 15 New Sudbury Street across from Boston City Hall. Please join us in telling Senator Brown that he must oppose PROTECT IP. We need your help to spread the word about this rally and we will have posters you can print out and post soon. Please share the date widely. We will meet on our IRC channel this Thursday at 9:30pm to discuss the progress of this rally.

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Pirate Lunch this Wednesday, Nov. 30th

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We will hold our first of what will hopefully be many Pirate lunchs this Wednesday. We will meet at noon at the Joshua Tree restaurant on 256 Elm St. in Davis Sq., Somerville.

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Tell the Senate: Don’t censor the Internet!

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In the next few weeks or maybe even sooner, the Senate may vote to approve the PROTECT IP bill.  PROTECT IP, like SOPA its even more draconian House counterpart, would create a variety of ways for corporations and the US government to censor the Internet as demonstrated in this video by Fight for the Future. We know a majority of Americans oppose the measures that PROTECT IP would impose to prop up the failed business models of the large media corporations.  We can stop this bill! Please contact both of your Senators either at the numbers listed below or via their web forms and urge them to oppose PROTECT IP: Scott Brown (202) 224-4543 http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown John Kerry (202) 224-2742 http://kerry.senate.gov/contact/ Oregon Senator Wyden will also stage a fillibuster of the bill in part by reading the names of opponents of censoring the Internet.  Please visit stopcensorship.org to add your name. Please do both actions today. Please note that we moved Monday’s IRC meeting to Thursday at 9:30pm.

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Speak Up Against Censorship Of The Internet Today!

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Today, November 16th, is American Censorship Day.   It is so named because today the House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). SOPA, also called the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act, or E-PARASITE Act, is the House equivalent of the Senate’s PROTECT-IP bill. We have to stop SOPA & PROTECT-IP or the Internet that has fostered knowledge and free speech for over twenty years could be dead. If passed, SOPA would create a variety of ways for corporations and the US government to censor the Internet. Like the Senate’s PROTECT-IP bill, SOPA would: make simply linking to an infringing website a crime; allow the US blacklist an infringing website without due process, by forcing third-parties to censor the website or stop doing business with the website; extend most of the tools the US has to private copyright holders; not penalize a private copyright holder if they blacklist a site in error; not penalize a payment provider if they ignore the counterclaim of a blacklisted website; the bill’s definition of what is infringing is very loose and will be abused. SOPA goes farther than the PROTECT-IP bill and would also: criminalize streaming of copyrighted material, even if it was a kid singing a song on Youtube; criminalize tools that could be used to circumvent SOPA including VPNs and the TOR network; decrease the security of the domain name system every computer uses to look up host names. We know we can win since a majority of Americans oppose the measures that SOPA would impose to prop up the failed business models of the large media corporations. Please call your Representatives at the numbers listed below and urge them to oppose SOPA: 1st Congressional District – John Olver – (202) 225-5335 / … Read more

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Holyoke Meetup June 22nd

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IRC Meetings Wednesday Night

The Mass. Pirate Party weekly chat is every Wednesday at 9pm, Eastern time. To get on:

  1. Go to https://webchat.pirateirc.net/
  2. Fill out the web form with the Nickname of your choice and enter #masspirates in the Channel box next to it, then click the Connect button
  3. Start typing and reading

You can also connect via your IRC client at one of the servers listed at http://pirateirc.net/servers.

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