p2pnet news view | P2P | Politics:- A couple of years ago, it would have seemed inconceivable that a group of upstarts would have been able to generate enough political power to put a spike in the guns of the multi-billion-dollar music and movie industries.
But it’s happened in Sweden.
And if it happened there, it could also happen elsewhere.
Hollywood and the Big 4 record labels have suffered a staggering defeat in Sweden where they’d hoped a court case they’d spent millions of dollars fixing – sorry, initiating, would finally put a halt to The Pirate Bay, the site which indexes and tracks .torrent files and which, according to the entertainment industry, is costing billions of dollars in sales losses.
On Friday, “Sweden’s Pirate Party is continuing to gain ground, bringing it even closer to gaining not one, but two seats in the EU parliamentary elections,” said p2net, and now, “Scenes of wild jubilation broke out at the party’s election headquarters when state broadcaster SVT announced a projection likely to give the party enough votes to claim two seats in the EU parliament,” says The Local.
That’s because more than 200,000 votes, or 7.1% of the the 43% of Swedes who voted, want to see a party which acts for them rather than the entertainment cartels representing them in the European Parliament.
It’s led by Rick Falkvinge (right).
“The Pirate Party has taken advantage of a new cleavage in Swedish politics, about civil liberties, about who should have the right to decide over knowledge, and that`s not a left-right cleavage,” Times Online has Ulf Bjereld, a political scientist at Gothenburg University, stating.
“The traditional parties have been sleeping, they have underestimated the political potential in these issues.”
Nor are they the only ones.
The labels, in particular, expected to be able to sue music lovers in becoming compliant consumers of corporate ‘product’.
Instead, the millions upon millions of dollars they’ve spent on a massive and ongoing PR blitz notwithstanding, they’ve watched helplessly as MP3 file sharing, only a few years ago enjoyed by a handful of people, become a behemoth they’ve unable to slow down, let alone stop.
The Green Party also did well, says Stockholm News, almost doubling to 10.8% of the votes, it says, “and now will have two seats instead of one”.
With 98% of votes counted, the situation looks like this, according to the Swedish Election Authority, says the story »»»
Moderate Party – 18.8%
Centre Party – 5.5%
Liberal P. Party – 13.6
Christian Dem. – 4.7%
Social Dem. – 24.6%
Left Party – 5.6%
Green Party – 10.8%
June List – 3.6%
Sweden Dem. – 3.3%
Pirate Party – 7.1%
Feminist Initiative – 2.2%
Definitely stay tuned.
p2net – Pirate Party could win 2 seats in EU election, June 5, 2009
The Local – Swedish Pirate Party headed for Brussels, June 7, 2009
Times Online – Swedish pirates fire a warning shot over internet censorship, June 7, 2009
Stockholm News – Pirate Party won seat in EU Parliament, June 7, 2009
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