20 September 2006

SE - Voters Keelhaul Pirate Party

The Swedish national elections failed to bring the copyright reform movement its first political victory. The Pirate Party not only failed to score the 4 percent required for a seat in Sweden's Parliament, but appears to have missed the 1 percent that would have afforded the party state assistance with printing ballots and funding staff in the next election. The Pirate Party's single-issue platform includes a 5-year limit to commercial copyright, the abolition of patents and stronger privacy protections online.