Saturday, January 07, 2006

Swedish Pirate Party sets sail

A new political party in Sweden is being set up in radical opposition to intellectual property laws:

[Piratpartiet] plans to remove all immaterial rights, including copyrights and patents and also plans to stop Sweden's participation in international copyright organizations, including WIPO and WTO and to make it illegal to put any restrictions on distribution of digital content (in form of DRM, copy protections, etc). [Piratpartiet] also states that it plans to uphold and push even further the strict privacy laws currently in place in Sweden and to make it illegal to track or monitor citizens' communications online and offline.

It will be fascinating to see if this is the start of a new peasants' revolt in the developed world against increasingly unpopular IP laws. I've always thought that Napster and the recording industry's response would radicalise an entire new generation of voters. (Thanks, Alex!)

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