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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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Oct 2011 @ 9:02am

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    I say "present some proof" and this is the response you come back with?

    No proof/evidence to support any of your claims at all. An off topic remark about payback and karma and an insult. Lol. Was I right on the money or what about how to speak like a troll? [he ask rhetorically, because he knows the answer is "yes"]

    Payback is indeed a b*tch. And karma is what I believe in. Perhaps then, after decades of screwing over the ACTUAL content creators and paying customers, things are the way they are. Your misdeeds have finally caught up with you.

    Oh, and fyi, I'm not a freetard. I don't download a thing. I pay for all my entertainment. I don't condone/approve of file sharing. I understand the reasons behind it, and no "you just want free stuff" IS NOT the only reason for it. But don't confuse that, in your deluded sense of reality, for me being pro-piracy. However, I do take a stance on having my rights and privacy invaded on in the interest of protecting a monopoly/profits (for a very small minority).

    Enjoy your day Mr I Can't Respond Intelligently Or Without Resorting To Insults (You want to know why people might copyright infringe your stuff? I'll tell you why. I would honestly do it, just because you're a d*ck. And to piss you off. If I did do that, but I don't so you're sorta safe.)

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