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Pirate Party Gets Seat at the Table

Pirate Bay was found guilty last month of assisting piracy and sentenced to fines and incarcerated time. To combat this, Pirate Bay did not think appeal; instead they thought revolution. In elections that took place on Sunday, Pirate Party of Sweden won enough votes to secure a seat with European Parliament.

Read more at Ars Technica.

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7 Comments

  1. whey
    Jun 08, 2009 @ 11:46:17

    Been following this, quite exciting! I know they were pretty close to possibly getting two seats. :)

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  2. Mireya
    Jun 08, 2009 @ 12:45:45

    It will be interesting to see what impact will they have, if any.

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  3. Selene
    Jun 09, 2009 @ 01:59:33

    The Pirate Party developed independent of the Pirate Bay and despite the names, they’re not connected (though no doubt the Pirate Bay trial boosted their membership). Or maybe that’s what you meant? From your post, I got the impression that the Pirate Bay, instead of appealing, formed a party, which is not the case.

    Selene

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  4. Kara
    Jun 09, 2009 @ 06:30:50

    The Pirate Party is seeking to reform the copyright system. If the “Pirates” had their way, copyright would be limited to five years after publication, after which the author & publisher could no longer “exploit” the author’s work commercially, translation: authors would not see a dime of their backlist after five years and publishers could not do reprints of older titles. Free “smörgÃ¥sboard” for consumers but no more bread & butter for the author.

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  5. S Andrew Swann
    Jun 09, 2009 @ 12:31:07

    IMO the window’s too small, but they have the right idea. I think pub + X years is fair where X is somewhere between 15 and 30. Possibly with an optional renewal process that can extend it another 15 or 30. What we have now is effectively no copyright expiration at all.

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  6. (Jān)
    Jun 09, 2009 @ 13:57:01

  7. April
    Jun 21, 2009 @ 19:30:34

    His Noodly Appendages are ever more recognized

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