Pirate Party Building Up More And More Support: 9% Nationwide In Germany

from the not-to-be-discounted dept

A month ago, when the German Pirate Party took 9% of the vote in the Berlin Parliament elections, it was definitely a surprise to a lot of people. Some brushed it off as being just a weird anomaly in a regional election. However, the success and the attention it brought seems to have increased more widespread attention on the entire German Pirate Party, which has now surged to 9% nationally, which currently puts it in 4th place among political parties -- "well ahead of the hard-line socialist Left (Die Linke) party and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP)."

I have no idea if this is sustainable through any actual elections, but it is notable. People are realizing that the Pirate Party is concerned with serious issues -- even as some try to pretend (incorrectly) they just want stuff for free. The regional success seems to have convinced more people nationally that the Party is viable, which could make things interesting if they can keep this momentum going. Along those lines, it's worth noting that Germany has one of the most ridiculous copyright setups imaginable, with GEMA's overbearing nature, and the fact that all major label music is blocked on YouTube over GEMA's policies (whereas pretty much every other country has worked out a licensing deal). It seems that the more draconian you are with copyright, the more it drives interest in efforts like the Pirate Party, which seeks to push back. Countries (and industries) that support stricter copyright might want to take note.

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    fogbugzd (profile), 11 Oct 2011 @ 10:18am

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    We have had a lot of third parties develop in the US in the last 150 years. What has generally happened is that if the third party got to the point where it became a serious threat, then its message gets adopted by one of the major parties. I'm not saying that is a good thing, it is just a description of what has happened.

    We see that to some extent going on with the Occupy movement as the Democrats seem to be embracing it. The question is whether the Democrats will really embrace it or just give lip service. Embracing the movement would probably mean giving up those big campaign contributions and the revolving-door jobs with big industries that they are currently in bed with.

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