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On a recent trip to Germany I found myself accepting an orange balloon with the pirate party insignia on it: some party hack was giving them out on a town square. I like balloons so i tied it to my bike. But I began to wonder what message was I projecting? And more aptly, in our never ending quest to define openness, is espousing pirate party principles in keeping with the openness we're promoting on this listserv? Cheers, Luke Sent from my iPad ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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The German Pirate Party recently won seats in the Schleswig-Holstein legislature, adding to their presence in other regional legislatures around the country. See . The Pirate Party is active in many EU countries, probably most successfully in Sweden, where it started. The platform of the Swedish party has three elements: "The Pirate Party wants to fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are respected." More details: As to balloons, yes, sensitivity to the message conveyed seems like a good idea. Probably equally valid applied to balloons picturing Mickey Mouse. Steve ----- At 9:04 PM -0600 5/28/12, Luke FERNANDEZ wrote: >On a recent trip to Germany I found myself >accepting an orange balloon with the pirate >party insignia on it: some party hack was giving >them out on a town square. I like balloons so i >tied it to my bike. But I began to wonder what >message was I projecting? And more aptly, in >our never ending quest to define openness, is >espousing pirate party principles in keeping >with the openness we're promoting on this >listserv?  > >Cheers, > >Luke > >Sent from my iPad > >********** >Participation and subscription information for >this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list >can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.