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Sweden's Pirate Party captures Euro seat -

"The Pirate Party captured 7.1 percent of votes in Sweden in the Europe-wide ballot, enough to give it a single seat. The party wants to deregulate copyright, abolish the patent system and reduce surveillance on the Internet."

Official Website: The Pirate Party -
(link goes to the English version)

UPDATED For Scott: JUNE 14, 2009

The Pirate Bay is not affiliated with the Pirate Party (Piratpartiet).
It is affiliated with a group called Piratbyran.


Titus Bresthell said...

the only good news here in italy, it's a swedish news...
go pirates!

Anonymous said...

This is the first I've heard of a Swedish Pirate Party. Is this for real and what's their affiliation with Pirate Bay?

Not sure how PB's legal battle has been going but couldn't they relocate to another country if they really wanted to keep it going? I use PB pretty frequently.

300 years ago pirates plundred commerce/treasure ships transporting the wealth of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. In the same way as that it's like stealing from a theif. Their ideology of there being no such thing as rich enough is why they aren't getting any sympathy from us lower and middle classes. Plus we're getting fed up with them telling us what kind of music among other things to like and spend our hard earned money on.

I'm a regular on your blog here btw. Visit about twice a week to catch up on some P5 history so thanks for keeping this vital resource going.


Anonymous said...

You know those FBI warnings that are the first thing you see on any video or dvd? Maybe if they protected citizen's rights a little more and let the corporations fend for themselves the world would be a better place, at least for us commoners. Guess they' rather kick down the door of a kid downloading some Metallica songs than the boardroom door of a transnational corp abusing the environment and inalienable rights of human beings. Pirates are like half-Robin Hoods, stealling from the rich. With the money they save some are able to give back to the poor in their own way rather than being poor themselves if they had purchased everything. It's basically selfishness at its core but on a much smaller scale than the industry moguls methods, which are now not able to keep up with the pace of technology. Music/movies are a luxury items anyway, right? Why is the gov't so worried about these trivial things when our survival as a species is in question beyond a few decdes from now?


MOOKIE said...


I updated the post. Record companies and movie studios are only in business to make money. Nothing wrong with that. But they do have an awful business model. Remember the Payola scam?

They also need to deliver what the customer wants. These days it seems to be the other way around. Instead of spending some of their millions investing in new technologies, they choose to sue the music and movie fans that make them all that money in the first place.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Mookie. I was referring to the big labels, Disney, mainstream media, Hollywood, the establishment in general that think they manipulate the laws and our lives. If its a small record company that gives a band a break without signing their lives over or one that does intensive compiling of uncomped garage rock 45s for example, it's good to support them.


Anonymous said...

Appreciate the update!

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Anonymous said...

Pirate communities were in fact the first democracies. while most states laboured under king and clergy, pirates were free to elect their leaders or captains. but, unlike our political democracies today, pirates had the right to remove their elected leader if they got pissed off with them and the leaders did not need the support of hidden moneyed interests to gain an electable profile.

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