I noted with interest that the Swedish Pirate Party won a seat in the European Parliament last week. I’d never heard of them, but found to my surprise that they are the third largest party in Sweden. Moreover, many other countries, including the United States, now have a Pirate Party. So what do the pirates stand for?
While I won’t list the whole platform (it varies from country to country), the Pirate Party clearly supports a radical reduction in intellectual property rights. The U.S. version calls for the repeal of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the end of digital rights management, support for file sharing, and a return to a 14 year term for copyrights as provided in the 1790 Copyright Act.