User:Eloquence/Pirate Party Questions

Draft for my e-mail, feel free to add ideas.

Covered in LinuxP2P interview [1]:

  • idea
  • main goals
  • copyright reform plans
  • software patents
  • DRM
  • effects on FOSS
  • flat fee
  • other piracy
  • effects of file sharing

(Some ideas by Bawolff from Water Cooler)

  1. How many members do you currently have, and how successful has your fundraising effort been so far?
  2. Do you think you will be able to cover future expenses such as radio and television ads?
  3. Are you aware of similar initiatives in other countries?
  4. The name "Pirate Party" seems to identify the party with what is currently defined as a crime: piracy of software, movies, music, and so on. Will a name like "Pirate Party" not antagonize voters, given that the label is so negatively used? How about potential allies abroad who argue for a more balanced copyright regime, such as the EFF or Creative commons?
  5. Have you already made any contacts in Swedish politics?
  6. If you are elected, and have the opportunity to become part of the next government of Sweden, do you intend to focus only on the issues in your platform (IP law and privacy)? What ministries would you be interested in as part of the next government?
  7. Have you considered direct democracy as a model for other political issues?
  8. What is your position on moral rights, as recognized by European copyright law: the right of attribution, the right to have a work published anonymously or pseudonymously, and the right to the integrity of the work. Do you think these rights should be preserved?
  9. Do you feel that trademark law is adequate as it is?
  10. How do you intend to deal with EU treaties which define certain legal frameworks for the protection of intellectual works?
  11. Do you think that weaker intellectual property laws would lessen the amount of products released in Sweden by foreign companies, such as Hollywood studios?
  12. Do you feel that the music industry in its current form will still be needed in a world where non-commercial copying is permitted?
  13. Some people argue that the best way to achieve a balance of copyright is to create more free works, like Wikipedia, Creative Commons licensed music, and so on. Why do we need the right to copy that which is produced by traditional corporations? Wouldn't it be more politically viable to reduce copyright terms, and support free content through sponsorships?