[pp.int.general] PPi ask Anonymous to stop Payback

Tim Dobson lists at tdobson.net
Sun Nov 21 14:10:24 CET 2010

As previously emphasised, subject is misleading: s/PPi/PPUK and PPUS/

On 20/11/10 15:47, Choms wrote:
> I think our friends missed send it to the list, so I'll send it ^^
> http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-parties-use-influence-to-halt-operation-payback-101120/

As someone who has stood as a candidate[1] in the May UK general 
election for PPUK, I fully endorse the letter.

When you go from door to door and speak to person after person it 
quickly becomes clear what policies go down well with the general 
populace, what the public think is unfair and what people really don't 
like the idea of.

It is incredibly hard to stand up for an "honest" political party with 
unlawful actions going on all around you. It's already difficult to get 
your message across clearly only 1 in 50 has heard of you, if someone 
has heard of your name in a negative light, but doesn't really know what 
you stand for, clearing that first impression can be exceptionally 
tough. Give it a try, you'll see what I meant fairly quickly.

It's even harder to persuade technology industry experts who may 
fundamentally agree with our stance but are put off by actions that 
cause them headaches or embarrassment on a day to day basis.

There are essentially three major groups of people who need to be 
brought round: the music industry, the technology industry and the 
legislators. Unfortunately, DDOS's impress none of those groups.

However, it's important to remember that there's lots fun, enjoyable and 
amusing things you can do to help campaigns;
Home Taping is Killing Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3jkUhG68wY
Creativity is the Enemy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0Ru8qlQEH0
Only Idiots Assume: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st2tWxB5Fc8

I particularly liked how the ccmixter.org community responded to the 
ASCAP attack on Creative Commons:
results: http://ccmixter.org/playlist/browse/8300

one of the neatest things we did during my campaign was to create this:
(a bit broken at the moment)

If you can't think of any funny, legal ways to campaign, then it may be 
that you're not thinking creatively enough. Fortunately, I think this 
list would be a great place to ask for suggestions of fun, legal ideas 
for campaigns.

I'd suggest everyone should have a go - 6 hours of knocking on doors 
explaining "why X is important" is a incredibly good way to get a very 
worldly perspective of how the public view issues. You may be surprised 
by how useful this is in improving your campaigning.

Have a great day everyone. :)

(speaking on behalf of myself and myself alone)

[1] http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/party/candidates/tim-dobson/

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