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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    Karl (profile), 12 Oct 2011 @ 11:50am

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

    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".

    So, you are saying roughly what Marcus claimed: that without copyright, content would not be produced.

    This is, of course, not true. Even if you totally removed copyright twenty years ago, there's no evidence whatsoever that movies like Avatar wouldn't have been produced.

    They may, in fact, have been less costly to produce. (See the Golan interview to see how copyright protection astronomically increases the costs to perform a symphony orchestra; similar things happen for other forms of art.) In that case, it's just as likely that lack of copyright laws would increase artistic production, even at the "Hollywood content" level.

    Your premise is that "copyright = money." Not only is that not necessarily true, it has been proven to be false, at least in some situations. That, I think, is the point you're deliberately ignoring.

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