Pirate Party wins Euro seat

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(CNN) -- A Swedish political party which wants to legalize file-sharing on the Internet scored a surprise victory Sunday when it took a seat in the European parliament.

Pirate Party supporters celebrate the party's surprise victory in Sweden.

Pirate Party supporters celebrate the party's surprise victory in Sweden.

The Pirate Party won 7.1 percent of the Swedish vote to claim one of the country's 18 seats in the European parliament.

"Together we have changed the landscape of European politics," Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge told file-sharing news Web site TorrentFreak after the win.

"The citizens have understood it's time to make a difference."

The single-issue party was founded in 2006 through anger in Sweden at controversial laws that criminalize file-sharing.

The party's popularity increased markedly in April this year after the four founding members of the Sweden-based The Pirate Bay, a file-sharing site used by millions worldwide, were found guilty of collaborating to violate copyright law and sentenced to jail.

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Sources:

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/06/08/pirate.party.eu.win/index.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8089102.stm

http://www.piratpartiet.se/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_party

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In my opinion, this is a silent revolution. This is how democracy suppose to work. People are voicing against Draconian copyright laws. Copyright of individuals' work expire after 60 years (varies in different countries) after the death of owner of copyright. But copyright of companies never expires.

Moreover, the law in Clinton's term DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) is too much in favor of companies. The right of consumer to make private copies of DVD is now illegal but was legal 20 years ago when it was VHS.

At least somebody, Pirate Bay, is standing against the laughable and stringent copyright laws.

What do you guys think? Will Pirate Party grow and make voice to initiate an era of time where common people will have more freedom in copyright laws or it's just a drama and giant corporations will crush Pirate Bay and Pirate Party?

What happened to the case of Pirate Bay website owners?

Peter sunde said that they are not gonna shut the site down

"Nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or filesharing whatsoever," said Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, one of the site's founders, on Twitter. "This is just a theatre for the media."

pirate Bay founders said that they are not acting illegally under Sweden's intepretation of copyright law.

They said

"Sweden is not a state in the United States of America ... US law does not apply here,"

At this point I don't think anyone gives a care what happens to piratebay, people are still busy pirating and developing companies (mainly gaming)are busy posting their resumes to web companies.

I think we should make up our minds and decide whether piracy is good or not, by putting ourselves in their place.