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Pirate Party joins European Parliament

Flags are raised for the Prate Party's European victory
Flags are raised for the Prate Party's European victory

In one of the biggest wins against copyright, Sweden's Pirate Party has won two seats in the European Parliament election.

The political group has been around since 2006, but the recent trial of the non-connected Pirate Bay Four, who face a year in jail and heavy fines after being found guilty of online copyright infringement, has seen the party gain 7.1 per cent of votes in Sweden.

This equates to around 200,000 people voting for the party, up from around 35,000 votes when it first ran in 2006.

Changed the landscape of European politics

Speaking to TorrentFreak about the news, Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge said: "We've felt the wind blow in our sails. We've seen the polls prior to the election. But to stand here, today, and see the figures coming up on that screen...

"Together, we have today changed the landscape of European politics. No matter how this night ends, we have changed it,"

He continued: "This feels wonderful. The citizens have understood it's time to make a difference. The older politicians have taken apart young peoples' lifestyle, bit by bit. We do not accept the authorities' mass-surveillance."

Via Torrent Freak

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.