Monthly archive: November 2011
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.published under Censorship, Freedom of Speech | Comments Off on Rally against PROTECT IP on Dec. 6th
November 28, 2011
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.published under Fun and Games | Comments Off on Pirate Lunch this Wednesday, Nov. 30th
November 28, 2011
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.published under Copyright | Comments Off on Tell the Senate: Don’t censor the Internet!
November 16, 2011
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 morepublished under Censorship, Copyright, Economy, Freedom of Speech | Comments Off on Speak Up Against Censorship Of The Internet Today!
November 15, 2011
The Massachusetts Pirate Party condemns the New York Police Department’s unlawful and violent attack on peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters and the clearing of Zuccotti Park. OWS protesters were exercising their constitutional right to free speech and to assemble peacefully. Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD are directly responsible for trampling on those rights as well as the rights of a free press by clearing media from Zuccotti Park and the airspace above it. We also condemn the recent police attacks on protesters in Oakland, Portland, Chapel Hill and other cities. That these efforts appear to have been coordinated among eighteen cities, as stated by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, puts the lie to the justifications given to clear these protest sites. We urge all who support Occupy Wall Street to continue our struggle against corporate power and the 1% by increasing our efforts to reach out to and identify supporters. We encourage all Pirates to stay calm, while also escalating their level of nonviolence. Locally, we continue our support of the Occupy Boston movement and urge our members to aid Occupy efforts in their communities. The Massachusetts Pirate Party can be contacted at: Phone: (617) 863-6277 (MAPP) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: https://masspirates.org ###published under Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press | 2 Comments