File-swapping Pirate party wants your vote

A political party which will decriminalise the sharing of music and videos has registered in the UK.

The Pirate Party,...

A political party which will decriminalise the sharing of music and videos has registered in the UK.

The Pirate Party, which has already won a seat in the European Parliament in Sweden, wants to legalise non-commercial filesharing.

It will also campaign for free speech and against excessive surveillance, according to the BBC.

It became an officially registered party in the UK on 30 June and wants to go to the voters at the next general election.

Eric Priezkalns, UK party treasurer, told Sky News,"We think there are a lot of people out there who share our concerns. The reason for launching a party is to give those people an opportunity to express their concerns about piracy, about privacy, and about how the mainstream parties aren't responding to that agenda."

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

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