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Pirate Party Wins and Enters The European Parliament | TorrentFreak


The Pirate Party has won a huge victory in the Swedish elections and is marching on to Brussels. After months of campaigning against well established parties, the Pirate Party has gathered enough votes to be guaranteed a seat in the European Parliament.

When the Swedish Pirate Party was founded in early 2006, the majority of the mainstream press were skeptical, with some simply laughing it away. But they were wrong to dismiss this political movement out of hand. Today, the Pirate Party accomplished what some believed to be the impossible, by securing a seat in the European Parliament.

With 99.9% of the districts counted the Pirates have 7.1 percent of the votes, beating several established parties. This means that the Pirate Party will get at least one, but most likely two of the 18 (+2) available seats Sweden has at the European Parliament.


When we asked Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge about the outcome, he 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,” Falkvinge said. “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,” he added.


The turnout at the elections is 43 percent, a little higher than the at the 2004 elections. This would mean that roughly 200,000 Swedes have voted for the Pirate Party. This is a huge increase compared to the national elections of 2006 where the party got 34,918 votes.
Both national and international press have gathered in Stockholm where the Pirate Party is celebrating its landmark victory.


At least partially, The Pirate Party puts its increased popularity down to harsh copyright laws and the recent conviction of the people behind The Pirate Bay. After the Pirate Bay verdict, Pirate Party membership more than tripled and they now have over 48,000 registered members, more than the total number of votes they received in 2006.


With their presence in Brussels, the Pirate Party hopes to reduce the abuses of power and copyright at the hands of the entertainment industries, and make those activities illegal instead. On the other hand they hope to legalize file-sharing for personal use.

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“It’s great fun to be a pirate right now”, Christian Engström, Vice Chairman of the Pirate Party told the press when he arrived.


Update: Sweden has 20 seats, but until the Lisbon treaty passes only 18 with voting rights. This means that the Pirate Party will have 2 seats.

Update: In Germany the Pirate Party got approximately 1 percent of the votes, not enough for a seat in the European Parliament. Andreas Popp, lead candidate for the German Pirate Party is pleased and told TorrentFreak: “This was the first time, we ran for the European elections. And although many voters have hardly known us, we got a great result. This shows, that many citizens identify themselves with our goals. I want to thank all people who supported us, we could not have done that without them. We have fulfilled our minimal goal of 0,5%. Now we can start up for real!”

Update: Tomorrow we will publish a feature article on the election night and outcome.
 

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You can bet if the pirate party gains too much momentum in Sweden there will be huge smear campaigns against them financed by various industries and countries abroad.

Lets say the impossible happened and they eventually became the majority and became the ruling party I'm sure there would be some attempts by some factions to try to get the government to be internationally unrecognised (ala Hamas) and apply some sanctions against Sweden.
 

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There has to be a balance between those who wish to sell and the pirates taking the product. It can't sway one side or the other or the system will collapse. If no one could pirate; massive complaints and court cases over file-sharing and human rights would ensue causing a re-appraisal of the whole scene. If everyone did pirate; there wouldn't be any companies left after the bankruptcies.

If there's a product, there will be piracy. If any of these governments decide they want to attack file-sharing sites and ban torrent programs completely and include inspections on all rapidshare, metacity etc.. material then it would infringe on human rights and morality in general causing a lot of... pain. Pirates can't hope to win; they're wanting something that's purely impossible, to legalize stealing. It doesn't matter how moral or right it might seem to let piracy continue due to the community's rights; a government's a government.
 

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kind of like the "party for animals" in the Netherlands.. dunno, but I don't like to give such parties a lot of credit.... they usually just have one point on their agenda, and politics aren't just about one point.
 

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If there's a product, there will be piracy. If any of these governments decide they want to attack file-sharing sites and ban torrent programs completely and include inspections on all rapidshare, metacity etc.. material then it would infringe on human rights and morality in general causing a lot of... pain. Pirates can't hope to win; they're wanting something that's purely impossible, to legalize stealing. It doesn't matter how moral or right it might seem to let piracy continue due to the community's rights; a government's a government.
The problem is that the current goverment, no matter in what country, is as technophobic as a brick stone. This leads to them easily being misinformed by lobbies who lable complete protocols as "illegal" due to them being used to share files with. And that's where groups like the pirate party come in: They have the expertise to at least be an authority on this part to inform that it's not the protocol that's the problem, but the way people use it. It's good to have some balance indeed.
 

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Seems we also voted some nutt cases for the UE, but to be honest thats what i wanted, to bad i cant be there to see the faces of the whole UE congress when this 2 guys open there mouths :lol:
 

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Seems we also voted some nutt cases for the UE, but to be honest thats what i wanted, to bad i cant be there to see the faces of the whole UE congress when this 2 guys open there mouths :lol:
Well if it's for the Pirate party, they'll only have 1 seat until the Lisboa treaty kicks in. Which still depends on Ireland, who refused the last time, after France and Holland rejected the constitution (which is about the same thing). Actually this is another reason why so many people here dislike Europe: The constitution was rejected once, now they rename it and deny a referendum and it will still be put in place, so what's the point of voting? Yup, the time of pointing at the US for messing with voting results is over, we've got our own corruption problems to solve.

As for the entire parliament, I'd find it most interesting to see where the right wing will take it, and to think that Holland just entered with our local anti-immigrant party, and I noted that Hungary's winners are possibly even worse. Can't wait for the soap to start :p
 
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