2009-02-26

Pirate Party passes the Left

The Swedish Piratpartiet (Pirate Party) has, according to the latest figures, now passed the Left Party in membership figures. The Pirate Party has, according to their latest estimates, over 10 800 members, a bit over 100 more than the left party.

Also, their youth organisation, Ung Pirat (Young Pirate) has surpassed the once mighty social democratic youth organisation SSU in membership figures, becoming the second largest youth organisation in the country. It's getting clearly more difficult for the mainstream media to ignore the influence that the Pirate Party is, or should be, gaining in Swedish politics.


3 comments:

novaLea said...

...and I'm celebrating with non-alcoholic beer!
- Cheers! :D

Rierro said...

Sweet! I'm glad to see the pirate party growing.

Also: check out www.theghostbay.org and sign up for the mailing list. It's a pretty new project and we need all the help we can get.

Anonymous said...

Who am I?

I am 27 years old. I am old to enough to remember a time without the internet but equally I am young enough that I now spend more time on the internet than any other pursuit. I am not a coder, designer or developer but I know at least one.

Whenever I travel I take with me a portable hard disk, possibly 2 or 3, and it's normal for me to trade hard disks with those that I meet to share media, music and files.

I have owned more mobile phones than I can remember and subscribe to two or more photo sharing sites. I have created numerous online social profiles but really only use one of them daily. If I had to guess then I estimate that I have signed up for 4 or more email accounts in the last few years and possibly between 10 and 20 forums. My email inbox has recieved well over 50 'confirm by clicking this link' emails.

I have used instant messaging from the days of MSN thorugh to the many flavours that exist today. I use the internet to bank, organise, flirt, store and research. I use one of the big 3 internet browsers.

I still rely mainly on Microsoft for everything but I know about Linux, BitTorrent and the rise of Google Open Source.

But none of that is important. Let me tell you what is important.

I will not be made to pay for the internet or it's services by anyone. I will not pay extorbitant prices for software, media or the support they require.

If you insist on trying to charge me then I will find alternatives sources (the internet is vast, your company is not) and if alternative sources are blocked then I will steal what I need. It may be unethical but so are gross profit margins. I will use new technologies that you have not considered.

I will do this because I am the future. If you prevent my technology from accessing the data it needs then my friend will invent new tehcnology and if he can't then a Korean, Russian, Brazilian or another citizen of this world will distribute the software that is required.

The internet has spawned a generation that has come to expect fundamental truths and we consider these truths self evident.

It shall be heard that open source is king, data is free and the laws of the market economy are to be rewritten. Despite my disregard for your manipulation of the law I am more then wiling to purchase content if

A) The price is fair
B) Your company acts ethically towards it's consumers
B) The application or service is of value

If either of these conditions is not met then I will still use your program except you will never know it. If you want my business then make sure your product is accessible, portable and works across all of my platforms. I am run this relationship, not you. The sooner you comprehend that the sooner I will stop stealing your intellectual property. If you try to use the law against me then I will circumvent it. If that is not possible then a lawyer from my generation will represent me for free.

If you don't believe me then ask yourself this - who will be in charge when you are gone?

The answer is me, the answer is Generation Web.

Yes, I am a copyright pirate and I don't care whose idea Windows 7 was.

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Pass this on if you disagree with ACTA the new law which allows customs officials to search your mobile phone, laptop and IPOD for copyright material.