Pirate Party Takes 9% Of The Vote In Berlin Elections, Wins A Bunch Of Seats In Parliament

from the that-makes-things-interesting dept

The Pirate Party scored a nice victory a few years ago, having two of its members elected to the European Parliament, but despite a few tries, it had not been able to elect anyone to various state or federal legislatures... until now. TorrentFreak has all the details, but the German Pirate Party was apparently able to secure nearly 9% of the vote in the latest Berlin state parliamentary elections, which should translate into 15 seats in the Berlin Parliament. While many who don't understand the Pirate Party platform think it's just about file sharing, the fact is that more and more young people are recognizing that digital freedom is an important issue. I've long been on the record that I think the name of the party greatly distracts from its overall goals, but I do recognize the reason the party decided to go that way. Getting nearly 9% of the vote in any election for a relatively unknown party is quite impressive. Given that it's Germany, I have to imagine that the ridiculous state of German copyright law played a large role in leading to this election result. If anything it supports the viewpoint that the more draconian copyright law becomes, the less people are going to respect it. The question now is whether or not those elected will actually be able to have any impact, and if the party itself can leverage this into something more.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2011 @ 8:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Legislators can pass any stupid laws they want, it won't suddenly make it the 1980's again. Technology always has been and will always be one step ahead.

    Since your dumb ass will be the one obeying these immoral laws, you will suffer much more than I will. As the internet becomes unusable for you and your ilk, I will be enjoying the entertainment I want, when I want, and how I want while you'll be stuck eating the same shit they feed you now.

    Bon appetit!

    Oh, and BTW, usually it's only the losing side that feels they have to make some sort of petty list of their victories. If you're not savvy enough to know how to use the 'net, I'm not going to be the one to hold your hand and teach you.


    Nice concession speech, couldn't think of a single one, huh? Movies and music aren't high on my list of necessities. Enjoy your life in your mother's basement watching and re-watching terabytes of someone else's creative output you've stolen, bragging to your friends from your LARP league how you stuck it to the man. I'm sure you'll look back and reflect on that as the zenith of a truly pathetic life.

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