Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Ahoy Mateys! Sweden's Pirate Party Wins Seat in European Parliament

Sweden's Pirate Party, a political party centered around copyright reform, has won 7.1% of the vote in Sunday's European Parliamentary elections. This guarantees them at least one, and probably two seats in the European Parliament.

The Pirate Party was formed in 2006 and is said to have been inspired by The Pirate Bay, whose founders and a financial backer were recently found guilty of facilitating copyright infringement.

Of course, it's not as though that small number of seats is going to guarantee reform of copyright law, which is what the Pirate Party wants. It wants all non-commercial copying to be free and file sharing to be encouraged. Good luck with that.

However, as the party started with 0.63% of the vote in 2006, perhaps someday ... The Pirate Party's leader Rick Falkvinge told TorrentFreak:
“We’ve felt the wind blow in our sails. We’ve seen the polls prior to the election.But to stand here, today, and see the figures coming up on that screen ... What do you want me to say? I’ll say anything.

“Together, we have today changed the landscape of European politics. No matter how this night ends, we have changed it. This feels wonderful. The citizens have understood it’s time to make a difference. The older politicians have taken apart young peoples’ lifestyle, bit by bit. We do not accept that the authorities’ mass-surveillance."
Things should get interesting.
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