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June 9, 2009
And Now A Pirate MEP
In addition to Vikings, reindeer, and cute blonde girls
, Sweden can now say it has a Pirate member of the European Parliament. According to Veronica Ek's story for Reuters (here reprinted by the Globe and Mail
) about seven percent of the Swedish electorate cast ballots that sent a member of the Pirate Party into office.
The party has been in existence for some time, largely known as a single-issue copyright deregulation group. However, the recent conviction of four operators of The Pirate Bay torrent-linking site has drawn attention to the party and its platform, though the site and the party are not linked. That platform calls for copyright deregulation, abolition of the patent system, and a reduction in Internet surveillance.
For whatever reason, the surge in popularity has, according to Wikipedia, moved the Party into the third most popular spot in Sweden in terms of registered membership. Engstrom, the likely seat-holder, claims that the party will use its seat to fight for intellectual property rights and personal privacy rights.
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