Rickard Falkvinge: EU Court Trashes Mass Surveillance

Pirate Party Vindicated By Highest EU Court, Killing Mass Surveillance Law Yesterday, the European Court of Justice ruled the detested Data Retention Directive invalid. Retroactively invalid, even: the court ruled that it had never existed. The directive (a directive is sort of a federal law covering the EU) mandated all EU states to log all …

Rickard Falkvinge: My Addess to the European Pirates

My Address To The European Pirates Pirate Parties:  This weekend, hundreds of pirates from all over Europe gathered in the European Parliament to formally found the European Pirate Party. It was an amazing gathering of determined activists, many of which were absolutely electrified at realizing the sheer scale of this movement, seeing 400 of Europe’s …

Rickard Falkvinge: Sweden Invokes Perpetual Copyright and a Culture of Perpetual State Clearance of Public Domain Use

Sweden Invokes Little-Known “Perpetual Copyright” Clause Against Mercedes Ad Copyright Monopoly: Sweden has invoked a previously-unknown “Perpetual Copyright” clause against carmaker Mercedes-Benz, who recited a public-domain work by the poet Boye in a recent ad. The legal threat was brought by the Swedish Academy, which is tasked with overseeing the clause. This has severe chilling effect …

Rickard Falkvinge: Europe Slams US on Mass Surveillance Suspends Trade Talks and Data Sharing

Europarl Suspends U.S. Trade Talks, Data Sharing Over Mass Surveillance Privacy: The European Parliament has just voted on a comprehensive bill to express its massive disapproval of U.S. mass spying on ordinary citizens. In the bill, it calls for suspension of trade talks, suspension of data sharing, suspension of U.S. corporate rights to European data, and …

Rickard Falkvinge: Charlie Shrem, From House Arrest, Earns Standing Ovation – Free Knowledge, Free the Market, Free the World!

Nothing New Under The Sun, Bitcoin Edition Cryptocurrency – Charlie Shrem:  I was invited to speak at Texas Bitcoin Conference in Austin this past week. Due to my house arrest, I’ve been largely staying low key but felt I needed to make a statement, a strong one. I asked Rick if I could use his …