Pirate party to host torrent site in Parliament

Politics | 2010-07-02 | 1 comment
The Pirate Party, who has a seat in the European Parliament, is aiming to get into the Swedish Parliament in the upcoming General Election in September. To up the ante, they now declare that if they win a seat they will use the parliamentary immunity to host the well-known torrent-site The Pirate Bay from inside the parliament.

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“Since The Pirate Bay was founded in 2003, the copyright industry has constantly tried to sabotage and prevent both its servers and users from communicating,” they write in a opinion piece in newspaper Aftonbladet.

Something they feel is a problem affecting free speech as well as the internet infrastructure. When a German court recently denied the website The Pirate Bay to be hosted on a server in the country, the party stepped in and became internet service provider for the torrent search engine.

Since the Swedish constitution says that MPs can not be sued or prosecuted for something that is done as part of their political mandate, the Pirate Party want to use this “get a short respite from the copyright industry's legal barrage”.

“The Pirate Bay would then sail with immunity until copyright laws have been reduced and the site's legal status is clarified.”

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