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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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Sep 2011 @ 9:03am

    I'd say Citation Needed for that political activist comment. Mike seems reasonably non-partisan, and has been happy to criticise both your current legally elected government, as well as its Not-so-loyal Opposition.

    Where have you been? Masnick was behind the letter written by the so-called "tech entrepreneurs" and has Rep Polis circulating it as a "Dear Colleague" in the House right now. That's political activism.

    As for apologist, you know that's an out-and-out lie. Mike has stated on innumerable occasions that he doesn't support so-called piracy. All he does is advocates for recognising that piracy happens, so how best to deal with it.

    Masnick is perhaps the biggest piracy apologist on the Internet. He continuously attacks any and every reasonable measure proposed to curtail infringement. And never has he offered a single viable solution. Which includes his goofy "connect with fans" business model.

    Piracy prevents new distribution models from taking root. How will a start up streaming company compete if they have to pay for content while pirate sites are able to offer the same service without having to pay for content?

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