Ernesto at Torrentfreak recently reported that membership in the Swedish Pirate Party is skyrocketing after the recent Pirate Bay trial that resulted in a guilty verdict for the Bay, but also uncovered a number of disturbing facts about the prosecution and the trial judge’s impartiality. In previous life, I used to study European party politics, so I had to comment, as this strikes me as somewhat silly but also not without some possible real ramifications. Despite the membership gains, the Swedish Pirate Party is unlikely to actually disrupt the party landscape in as mature a political system as Sweden, but the particular timing of the trial does really work in the Pirates’ favor. The next notable election for Sweden is for the EU parliament, something that many, many Europeans do not consider of much importance, at least in relation to local and national elections. Not surprisingly, EU voting has been used for protests in the past, to focus on specific interests rather than traditional party differences. If the Pirate Party can translate their current momentum into enough actual votes to get representatives into the EU parliament, it would do a lot to get the word out on precisely the kind of copy-left, filesharing, network neutrality that the Pirate Bay has promoted for years, and it would do so via far more mainstream avenues than in the past. Obviously the Pirate Party would not wield any tangible power, but it would be quite a propaganda coup, and would, just as with the trial, create another strong platform for the proponents of a vastly different copyright landscape than than supported by the MPA’s, BREIN’s and IFPI’s of the world.
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May 8th, 2009 1 comment