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Sweden's Christian Engstrom and his Pirate Party have scored a seat on the European Parliament. The party's stated objective is to abolish copyright, patents, and internet monitoring.  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
This development should help spice up boring Parliament sessions

Not only is Sweden home to the world's largest Torrent site (despite its recent legal woes), pirates in the country also have their own political party, aptly titled the Pirate Party.  The party lists deregulating copyright, abolishing the patent system, and reducing surveillance on the internet as some of its objectives.

Late last week, Europe held election for the European Parliament, the legislative branch of the European Union.  The Pirate Party apparently appealed to Swedish voters, as it scored 7.1 percent of the vote, enough to snag a nice bounty -- a seat in the Parliament.

Christian Engstrom, the party's top candidate, cheered the news, stating, "This is fantastic!  This shows that there are a lot of people who think that personal integrity is important and that it matters that we deal with the Internet and the new information society in the right way."

Ironically, reports are indicating that it was the conviction of the leaders of Swedish torrent site the Pirate Bay that catapulted the party into the public eye.  The ringleaders of the site were sentence to a year in jail and over $3M USD in fines; however, it was later revealed that the judge on the case was a member of copyright protection organizations and should have recused himself.  An appeal is ongoing.

The site and the party are not officially linked.  However, the two entities share similar philosophical views on many topics.  The Pirate Party was founded in 2006 and had in the past received less than 1 percent of the vote.

Sweden has 18 seats on the EU's 785-seat Parliament.  While the single Pirate seat will be unlikely to be able to enact sweeping change, party leaders believe it will give the party a voice and means to fight decisions it views as corrupt.

Mr. Engstrom thanks younger voters for the election success, saying, "We are very strong among those under 30. They are the ones who understand the new world the best. And they have now signaled they don't like how the big parties deal with these issues.  We will use all of our strength to defend personal integrity and our civil rights."

There have been attempts to launch a similar Pirate Party in the U.S., but they have thus far gained little traction.



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RE: Further more...
By Regs on 6/11/2009 3:23:52 PM , Rating: 3
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But wait, without patents some other company can simply look at the data you had to file to the FDA, or hire some cleaver chemists, and figure out what the active component of your wonder drug is. They can then manufacture it and sell it without having the research overheads, the clinical trial overheads, or the advertising overheads. Without the overheads they can undercut you, which means you no profits for you and no future developments.


This is common yet overlooked problem with patents and IP. Patents are put in place long before they hit the store shelves and even then proving that the active pharmaceutical ingredients are part of our IP is a grueling legal process that could take up many years. Patents generally last from 14-20 years, though what they don't tell you in any of these "anti capitalist" articles is that many of those years the product is not readily available for sale because it's either tied up with the FDA or tied up in litigation with a competitor. It's not like manufactures have 14-20 years to sell the damn thing and it pisses me off that these journalist going around telling everybody that as if the patents need to shortened.

FITCamero is spot on, we need reform - not elimination.


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