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We're very pleased to announce a $10,000 grant from the Kahle/Austin Foundation, received in the first few days of 2011!

Our team is still considering how best to allocate this New Year's gift, but it will likely be divided between projects and fundraising (turns out it costs money to raise money, and we were right in the middle of a grantwriting effort, so this is perfect timing).

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Falkvinge steps down at Swedish Pirate Party; Troberg steps up.

Swedish Pirate Party Flag   Portait of Anna Troberg   Portait of Rick Falkvinge

On January 1st, Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party and its leader for the past five years, stepped down, and Anna Troberg took over the reins.

This is significant for a few reasons. The Swedish Pirate Party is clearly here to stay — having won seats (yes, that's plural, "seats") in the European Parliament, they are now concentrating on in-country elections. The leadership transition is a sign of stability: Falkvinge recognized that what the party needed now was an organization builder with new ideas, felt he'd done his best work in founding the Party and leading it to its first victories, and moved on. By all accounts Anna Troberg is exactly the right person for the job.

Rick Falkvinge will now be able to concentrate on political evangelism full time at his English-language site: Falkvinge on Infopolicy. In his words:

"...I feel there has been a language barrier from the Swedish discussion, which is several years ahead, to the rest of the world. I want to bridge that."

This is welcome news, because here in the U.S. we need more of what might be called the "Swedish School" of copyright reform.

Say It With A Strip: Mimi & Eunice on Copyright

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We've got a new tool for questioning copyright, and we hope you'll use it too.

Our Artist-in-Residence, Nina Paley, recently started her new online comic strip Mimi & Eunice. Mimi & Eunice is about a lot of things, but one of them is copyright — how it gets between artists and their audiences on the Internet, how it can stifle creativity, how it's increasingly being used as part of broader censorship efforts, etc.

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