Sweden’s Pirate Party Lands Seat on Parliament9 Jun, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
The anti-copyright, anti-patent Pirate Party of Sweden landed a seat on the European Parliament late Sunday, earning 7.1% of the vote, the fifth highest tally among political parties in Sweden.
The totals were enough to land the group a seat on the 785-member Parliament, the only directly elected body of the European Union, which elects members every five years.
The results were largely seen as a response by Swedish voters to the conviction in April of four men who ran The Pirate Bay file-sharing Web site. The defendants have appealed their conviction. They face a year in prison and fines of more than $3 million.
The Pirate Party and The Pirate Bay are not related.
“The official aim of the copyright system has always been to find a balance in order to promote culture being created and spread,” the Pirate Party states on its Web site. “Today that balance has been completely lost, to a point where the copyright laws severely restrict the very thing they are supposed to promote. The Pirate Party wants to restore the balance in the copyright legislation.”