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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    :Lobo Santo (profile), 11 Oct 2011 @ 10:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Clarity.

    As stated in the article "9% of the vote" (reading comprehension: don't leave home without it.)

    Also, GEMA's not a political party--unless you count lobbyists. :-P

    And, so you can stop asking/quit claiming ignorance:

    The Pirate Party’s declaration of principles version 3.2 Their current principles include:
    Overall: ”Promoting global legislation to facilitate the emerging information society”
    Copyright: “We claim that today’s copyright system is unbalanced.” Hence their position that copyright laws cover only commercial uses of the copyrighted material
    Patent: “Privatized monopolies are one of society’s worst enemies.” Hence their position that patents are obsolete and should be gradually abolished. Regarding patents on pharmaceuticals, the Pirate Party proposes increasing government support for R&D.[9]
    Personal privacy: “All attempts to curtail these rights (e.g. privacy) must be questioned and met with powerful opposition.” Hence their position that anti-terror laws nullify due process and risk being used as repressive tools.

    Time spent: 1 minutes or so of Google + copypasta.
    Not that difficult--quitcherbitchin.

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