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.

Filed Under: germany, pirate party, politics


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Oct 2011 @ 9:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Clarity.

    One empty space in a parking lot full of cars is "blank space". You can imply from a single empty parking spot that the lot would be empty, but that would make your wrong.

    If you take away the systems that support content creation on any level, it is likely that the content that was being made at that level will no longer happen. Will the other content that was created in other ways or systems still happen? Sure.

    Since we are dealing with reality, we have to accept that what is in that particular space right now is the content everyone wants, everyone pirates, and so on. Call it what you want (some say "shit"), the commercial content (particularly "hollywood" content) is some of the most pirated and in demand stuff around. Remove the systems that make it even marginally possible to make money off of it, and to license it under the law, and you may find that this particular content isn't made anymore, creating that "empty space".

    WIll Marcus Carab and his sort still make their (some say "shit") performance art stuff? I am sure they will. Their space won't be blank, just not what most people want.

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