Pirates Attack Turns Political in Sweden30 Apr, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
Hollywood studios and content owners everywhere celebrated a major victory this month after the operators of The Pirate Bay torrent download site were sentenced to a year in prison in Swedish court and ordered to pay $3.6 million in damages for copyright violations.
However, Sweden’s Pirate Party — a political party organized in 2006 with the stated purpose of reforming copyright and patent law — have seen an uptick in support following the verdict, The Associated Press reported.
A survey of 1,500 Swedish voters found the Pirate Party, the fourth largest in the country, had 5.1% of voters’ support, the AP reported, more than the 4% minimum necessary for a seat in the European Parliament.
“The Pirate Party wants to fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are respected. With this agenda, and only this, we are making a bid for representation in the European and Swedish parliaments,” the party states on its English-language Web site.