On Sunday the Swedish Pirate Party boarded the EU super-ship the S.S. Brussels by winning a seat in Parliament with 7 percent of the popular vote. According to founder Rick Falkvinge, the platform of: reform to copywrite law, reform of the patent system, and respect for online privacy has struck a chord with the file-share generation and those concerned with keeping internet communications secure.
The Piratpartiet was begun as recently as January of 2006 by Falkvinge, et al, and has been warmly received, especially by new voters, becoming the third most popular political party in Sweden. Several other chapters have sprung up in the last couple of years with less success; but, the win in Europe is sure to add wind to the sails of these brazen buccaneers of byte-booty.
You can read Rick’s blog here.