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NZ Pirate Party Takes Issue With Pro-Trans-Pacific Partnership Website 31

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the they-were-asking-for-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Pirate Party of New Zealand has issued a strongly-worded (yet satirical) press release, decrying a recently-launched pro Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) website, stating, among other things: 'The use of a masted sailing ship is the most glaring example of the satirical nature of this website and one of our main grounds for offence. The Pirate Ship and all its related depictions are clearly intellectual property of the Pirate Party or at least if not the Party then The Pirate Bay which the Party shares a mutual affinity with for a free and open Internet. In these heady days of lawsuits over patents for rounded corners we can not stand by on the decks of the Internet and allow these cannon shots to go unanswered!'"
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NZ Pirate Party Takes Issue With Pro-Trans-Pacific Partnership Website

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  • I needed a good laugh this morning, thank you /.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I read the article, looked at the site and all I saw was good natured humor, not serious complaints or actions.

    • There are however serious complaints and actions. The Mana [mana.net.nz] party are a bit more serious about it. Not that the NZPP aren't seriously against this agreement, their satire seems to have at least achieved coverage here, The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement has many of the hallmarks of the various copyright agreements slashdot has been fervently against in the past, such as being negotiated in secret and without consultation or representation. The treaty is much more far reaching in it's consequences than th
  • It's reasons like this why the various Pirate parties will mostly always not be taken seriously. It's like they do silly things for fun and then expect people to act like they should be treated as a real political party.

    I was at the grocery store a while back during an election, and there were two people there dressed in full pirate gear handing out their leaflets. Initially I thought it was a product promotion.

    They might as well be the Insane Clown Posse Party if they're just there to do stupid things.

    • Because god forbid we find something as human as humor in politicians? I mean, I for one would welcome any humane trait in politics whatsoever!
      • by rioki (1328185)
        Well if it worked for the greens in the 90s, it should work for pirate party... at least here in Germany.
    • by pantaril (1624521)

      I'm not voting for some guy in a pirate outfit.

      I'll never understand your mindset. Why is image so important for you?

      You are basically saying, that if you had to choose between a honest guy in pirate outfit and corrupted crook in expensive suit with good image in mainstream media, you'd choose the later.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by gstoddart (321705)

        You are basically saying, that if you had to choose between a honest guy in pirate outfit and corrupted crook in expensive suit with good image in mainstream media, you'd choose the later.

        No, I'm saying it's awfully difficult to take someone seriously when they're wearing a tri-point hat and an eye patch who is asking for my vote.

        And if I know who the Pirate Party is and what they stand for and think this, then there's going to be an awful lot of people who just see these people as clowns.

        Issuing a press re

        • by Paran (28208)
          Issuing a press release to prove a point is "bad" now?
    • But you would be willing to vote for someone with less integrity, albeit one wearing a sharp suit?

      • by gstoddart (321705)

        But you would be willing to vote for someone with less integrity, albeit one wearing a sharp suit?

        Not on the basis of a sharp suit. But the guy standing outside the grocery store in a pirate suit doesn't immediately make me think "now there's a man I want to represent me".

        And the specific issue in TFA about them kvetching about someone using the logo of a sailing vessel? It's a childish, silly publicity stunt that doesn't change my opinion of them -- it makes it seem like one of those farcical parties ins

  • is that a certain percentage of us don't grasp it.

  • Are they daft, man? That's a two-masted Brigantine, which is clearly not a sailing ship (at least to us purists). Piratebay, on the other hand, has a true sailing ship.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailing_ship [wikipedia.org]

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