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Would you vote for the Pirate Party?
The Pirate Party, which originated in Sweden, is now a registered political party in Britain and set to run candidates in the next general election. Its aim is to reform copyright law, abolish the patent system and ensure privacy rights for all citizens.
The party, with branches in more than 25 countries, argues that file-sharing and peer-to-peer networking should be encouraged rather than criminalized, based on the idea that “the Internet could become the greatest public library ever created.”
Combatting levels of surveillance and control put in place by governments in response to the 9/11 attacks in New York are also top of the agenda.
The party wants to introduce an alternative to pharmaceutical patents throughout Europe that it says will save on drug costs to governments.
Would you vote for the Pirate Party in a general election?