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Rick Falkvinge
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Lives in Sollentuna, Sweden
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The fundamental problem with the copyright monopoly is the same now as for the last 20 years. New column on TorrentFreak.

The fundamental problem with the copyright monopoly today is that it can't coexist with private communications as a concept. Our sharing of culture and knowledge happens as part of the private correspondence that leaves our computer, and therefore, the monopoly cannot be enforced as long as private correspondence exists.

http://torrentfreak.com/the-fundamental-problem-with-the-copyright-monopoly-140420/
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Reactions to ban on Data Retention shows the immense hypocrisy of surveillance hawks. New column on Privacy News.

Last week, the European Court of Justice - the highest court in the world's largest economy - banned blanket data retention, declaring the federal law on the subject unconstitutional. This ruling means a reversal to an earlier state where such surveillance was a crime, organized crime. Yet, the surveillance hawks are bemoaning this ruling and even calling for people to break it.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/04/reactions-to-data-retention-ban-shows-hypocrisy-of-surveillance-hawks/
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So the beast of Data Retention is finally dead in Europe. What, why, how? New column on Privacy News.

Yesterday, the European Court of Justice – the highest court in the world’s largest economy – declared Data Retention to be an inexcusable violation of fundamental human rights. The court invalidated the entire directive (“EU federal law”) retroactively, making it have never existed. This is a great vindication of the liberties movement, confirming what we’ve said all along, but much remains to be done.

The problem is the blanket violation of privacy, the very first step. Anything that happens after that point is irrelevant; it’s the initial blanket of violation of everybody’s privacy, where everybody’s communications are logged no matter what, that is unacceptable, intolerable, and inexcusable.

It took us almost ten years, but we were given an unambiguous “you were right all along” in the end by the highest court in the world’s largest economy. Can we now please start respecting all the other aspects of fundamental privacy we’ve also been talking about?

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/04/so-the-beast-of-data-retention-is-finally-dead-in-europe-what-why-how/
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Too bad we in the US still embrace big brother. 
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The next five years [of European Parliament] could determine our liberties. New column on TorrentFreak.

There's a European Election coming up. Voting starts in about one month, with the main election days on May 22-25. We've had many victories as activists and concerned citizens in the past five years to defend the net and its liberty, but the main showdown looks like it'll come down in the next five years. Your vote is going to matter.

http://torrentfreak.com/the-next-five-years-could-determine-our-liberties-140406/
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More on Selective Enforcement. New column on Privacy News.

In my last post, I elaborated a bit about selective enforcement and the consequences of it. What happens when the police force starts targeting troublesome individuals rather than troublesome criminal acts?

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/03/more-on-selective-enforcement/
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My address to the European Pirates which were founded this weekend. New article.

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 brightest activists gathering for the occasion. I had the honor of giving one of the opening keynotes.

http://falkvinge.net/2014/03/24/my-address-to-the-european-pirates/
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 brightest activists gathering for the occasion. I had […]
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Nooooooo!  Rails against DRM, serves speech with Flash.   Did I miss something?  Let me go cry in a corner for a while, I'll be OK.
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Sweden goes full retard, requires registration of every person playing lottery. New article.

Sweden, like most European countries, has a number of governmentally-run state lotteries that are an efficient extra tax on the people who can’t math properly. Because of the jackpot sizes (nine-figure euro or dollar amounts), they are still hugely popular. From June 1, the Swedish state lottery requires people who want to buy a simple lottery ticket to identify and register.

http://falkvinge.net/2014/04/19/sweden-goes-full-retard-requires-registration-of-every-individual-playing-lottery/
Sweden, like most European countries, has a number of governmentally-run state lotteries that are an efficient extra tax on the people who can’t math properly. Because of the jackpot sizes (€525M or $750M), they are still hugely popular. From June 1, the Swedish state lottery requires people who want to buy a simple lottery ticket […]
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Never go full retard. You don't buy that? Ask Sean Penn, 2001, "I Am Sam." Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed...
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Pirate party vindicated by highest EU court, killing mass surveillance law. Oldmedia reacts by writing cat story. New article.

The Swedish Pirate Party has been consistently ignored by Swedish media from our setting foot in the European Parliament in general, and in this election campaign in particular. After having been excluded from televised live debates three days ahead of voting despite being up for re-election to the European Parliament, we had a huge victory yesterday where the European Court of Justice made us right in what we had been saying all along about privacy. Swedish oldmedia responded with a story about the party leader’s cat.

http://falkvinge.net/2014/04/09/pirate-party-vindicated-by-highest-eu-court-killing-mass-surveillance-oldmedia-reacts-by-writing-cat-story/
The Swedish Pirate Party has been consistently ignored by Swedish media from our setting foot in the European Parliament in general, and in this election campaign in particular. After having been excluded from televised live debates three days ahead of voting despite being up for re-election to the European Parliament, we had a huge victory […]
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Not everyone who is ridiculus is a winner ...
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The problem isn't that the NSA saw you nude, but who they saw you nude with. New column on Privacy News.

When it was revealed that the GCHQ/NSA/FRA spying complex had been intercepting video chat, including nude video chats, there was an uproar along the lines of “the government is looking at me nude”. This is missing the bigger picture. The political problem isn’t that the government spooks saw you nude in a sexual context – it’s who they saw you with.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/04/the-problem-isnt-that-the-nsa-saw-you-nude-but-who-they-saw-you-nude-with/
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Precisely. I don't care if they see my dick, I care whether they have a database of the people I've shown my dick to, and link it to my name under the heading "People who've seen Nate's Dick". And unfortunately, that's pretty close to what they've got, although their labels are probably "intimate contacts" or some other bland label that means people who've seen my dick.
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Stämmer +Rick Falkvinge. Det är numera integrerat. Kommenterar ngn på YouTube, så samlas de på detta inlägg. Du kan även integrera individuella inlägg med dess kommentarer på externa webbsidor... Just4info...
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