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Pirate Party wins seat in EU government

A political party that wants to reform copyright law, legalise internet file sharing and protect people's privacy on the web has won an EU parliamentary...

A political party that wants to reform copyright law, legalise internet file sharing and protect people's privacy on the web has won an EU parliamentary seat in Sweden.

The Pirate Party campaigns for internet privacy and state transparency and will join the EU government after gaining 7% of the vote in Sweden, according to the TorrentFreak website.

The party wants to abolish patent rights, boost people's ability to copy files at home, and lessen regulations and restrictions on the web.

Membership of the party more than tripled after the Pirate Bay verdict, which saw the founders of the peer-to-peer file sharing website being convicted of copyright infringement. The party is not related to the company, however.

The Pirate Party is now the third largest party in Sweden, with around 49,000 members.

The organisation was launched in 2006, and there are versions of the party in the UK, Spain, Germany and the USA.

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