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Pirate Party on Course for Election Triumph

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by zebrahat, May 26, 2009.

  1. zebrahat

    zebrahat Elite Member

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    "The Pirate Party, a Swedish political party set up to promote internet piracy and reform copyright laws, is set to win several seats in the European parliament, according to reports.

    The Times reported that the pro-file-sharing party is now Sweden's third largest political party, according to a new poll which put support at eight per cent, enough to give the party a number of seats in Brussels.

    Rick Falk Vinge, the party's leader, is reported as saying that the establishment and politicians have "declared war against our entire generation".

    "Our politicians are digital illiterates," he added. "We need politicians that will not let themselves be bullied by foreign powers. To vote in the EU elections is more important than ever before."

    The Pirate Party was founded in early 2006 and strives to reform laws around copyright and patents, as well as strengthening the right to privacy..."

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  2. FreeTheTV

    FreeTheTV BANNED BANNED

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    What is it with Sweden and pirates that makes them all want to steal everything they get? Kidding. Of course. I love Sweden. I take it this party is affiliated with The Pirate Bay?
     
  3. shm03

    shm03 Regular Member

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    Yeah the whole pirate bay just brought it into the publics attention, personally I see where pirates are coming from, if I was to download an album I wouldn't have bought anyway, does anybody lose out? No.

    Although I do see the economical side as well, but the are still ways they can monetize downloads, perhaps a simple $5 monthly charge and you get as many music downloads as you like, then artists get paid a percentage depending on the downloads they get.
     
  4. zebrahat

    zebrahat Elite Member

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    But that arrangement would buy into the "somebody must control all copies into perpetuity" issue at hand---do authors have ownership or control rights over digital copies, as they would with originals? Some of us (and certainly many jurisdictions) say no, and no to boundless intellectual property claims. People who possess the files get to make controlling choices too, and if they choose to share them with others across a network that's their business, and not piracy.

    The exclusive distribution marketing model is dying in the digital age. The expanded exposure, branding and buzz resulting from file sharing is a free marketing value that more than makes up for 'lost' revenue (that the publisher would have never seen anyway, from folks who were never going to buy it in the first place). Creators ought to be happy with the added visibility and free promotion the sharers are giving them.