Many readers may recognize that lyric from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, but in Sweden a Pirates life has a much different meaning. A Swedish political party Known as the Pirate Party recently won 7.1 percent of the Swedish vote to claim one of the country’s 18 seats in the European parliament. http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/06/08/pirate.party.eu.win/index.html
“The clueless offline politicians are the problem, that’s why we decided to circumvent the politicians and address voters directly.” Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge
The Pirate Party which wants to legalize file-sharing on the Internet, was created in 2006 after Sweden issued controversial laws that criminalized file-sharing. According to their web site http://www.piratpartiet.se/international/english “The Pirate Party wants to fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens’ rights to privacy are respected.”
The Pirate Party has over 50,000 members and only has three issues on its agenda:
• Reform of copyright law
• An abolished patent system
• Respect for the right to privacy
All I can say is Wow. Sweden is well known for being a country of innovation, but this type of innovation is on another level. The Pirate Party was established in 2006 to and today it is the third largest party in Sweden in terms of membership. The parties swift rise and sudden popularity has given rise to parties with the same name and similar goals in Europe and worldwide. The fact that there is a worldwide movement beginning to sprout, which is dedicated to online issues is a positive signal for companies that want to engage in social media in Sweden because it shows that the country has a dedication and commitment to keeping the internet open and accessible for everyone.