Tuesday, January 10, 2006

P2P users set up a political party in Sweden

(Source: afterdawn.com)

A new political party has been set up in Sweden that plans to participate to country's upcoming general elections. The party is called Piratpartiet (Pirate party) and it aims to remove copyright laws from Sweden.

The party 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).

The party 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. People behind the party have made it very clear that their idea is not a joke.

To register an official party in Sweden, a party needs to get 1,500 signatures to support its cause. This organization has already managed to gather over 4,000 signatures in their first 24 hours, and they are now is in process of validating the signatures. Once validated, the party aims to register itself as an official party and to participate in next general elections.