Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Pirate Party running in the next Swedish elections.

Sweden: Putting aside the fact its an awesome name for a party, I would how popular it will be in the vote and how they going to fight the image of fringe group. Their website needs a bit of work.

A new political party focused on decriminalizing so-called Internet piracy and making copyrighted material free for all is planning to run in Sweden's next general elections, the head of the party said on Tuesday. "We will participate in the general elections in the autumn," head of the new "Pirate Party" Rickard Falkvinge told AFP. On the party web site, which went online on January 1, it states that its one campaign issue will be "abolishing intellectual property" and decriminalizing Internet file-sharing. The move comes just seven months after Sweden passed a law banning the sharing of copyrighted material on the Internet without payment of royalties, in a bid to crack down on free downloading of music, films and computer games. The new law shows that "politicians exist in a world that has almost no connection with today's in many ways technology fixated youth," Falkvinge said. "Anyone who grew up in the 70s or later is used to living on the Net ... Technology has completely undermined the need for a whole class of businesses that previously distributed information, since people can suddenly get hold of the information themselves," he said. The businesses, with political support, "are trying to make all the behaviour that is threatening their continued existence illegal," he added. Falkvinge is not the only one who feels this way. Only 24 hours after he published his website and asked people to sign an online petition to make his movement and official political party, he had received more than the 1,500 signatures needed to participate in Sweden's September 17 elections. "I had hoped for about 20 signatures a day. After 18 hours we had 2,000 (and) after 24 hours we had 300 people wanting to actively participate in the party," he said. ...."There was obviously an enormous unaddressed need out there for someone to raise these questions," Falkvinge said, adding that he was confident his party would win the four-percent minimum vote to enter the Swedish parliament. "All studies show that there are about one million active file-sharers in Sweden" out of a population of nine million, he said, insisting that as many as a quarter of them might consider legalizing piracy the most important issue in the election. "So I think we'll get into parliament."

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