Pirate Parties International
Pirate Parties International (PPI) is an international non-profit and non-governmental organisation with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Formed in 2010, it serves as a worldwide organisation 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.
|Formation||18 April 2010|
|Type||International nongovernmental organisation|
|Pirate parties and affiliated associations|
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 September 2008, Andrew Norton (United States) was appointed as coordinator of the PPI collective. In August 2009 he stepped down and passed the function of coordinator over to the "coreteam" led by Pat Mächler and Samir Allioui.
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 on 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 2012 conference of Pirate Parties International in Prague (Czech Republic), 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 January 1 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
- Pirate Party of Italy
- 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
- Pirate Party of Portugal
- 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
- 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 organisation. 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 favour 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 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.
All board meetings are public, minutes are taken and published. They can be found at https://wiki.pp-international.net/wiki/index.php?title=PPI_Board/Board_Meetings.
|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|
|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|
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 worldwideEdit
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- "The Uppsala Declaration or European Pirate Parties Declaration of a basic platform for the European Parliamentary Election of 2009". Piratpartiet. 2008-07-02. Archived from the original on 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
- Norton, Andrew (2009-08-02). "Signing off". pp.int.general (Mailing list). Retrieved 2009-09-07.
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- "Uppsala-Deklaration". Piratenwiki (in German and English). Pirate Party Germany. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- The Prague Declaration
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- "Pirate Party Australia resigns from PPI". 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
- "PPUK leaves PPI". 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
- "PPBE suspends their PPI membership". 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
- "Icelandic Pirates: PPIS Vote to Leave PPI and Birgitta only Politician to increase in Trust". 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
- "Motion P01: Proposition ang. att lämna observatörsmedlemskapet i PPI". 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
- Pirate Parties International Statutes, Article XIII.
- Pirate Parties International Statutes, Articles IX - XI.
- "Resigned on 22nd of February 2020". Retrieved 2020-03-13.
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