Frustrated with the current state of affairs regarding copyright and privacy issues, a group of Massachusetts individuals has announced that they are launching the Pirate Party of Massachusetts , and will be holding an inagural conference Saturday March 10 .
The party takes its name and lead from the Pirate Party of Sweden , founded in 2006 in reaction to raids on the Pirate Bay offices in that country. The founder, Rick Falkvinge, choose the party’s name because “we would be branded [as pirates] anyway so we might as well take the name as our own and use it as we see fit, not as the entertainment giants see fit.”
The Massachusetts initative is being led by James O’Keefe, a software engineer and former Green Party member who ran for state treasurer in 2002 and 2006. Saturday’s conference will feature a diverse number of topics ranging from political activism to public policy discussions. While the movement is in its infancy, I anticipate it will grow in strength if effectively managed.