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Pirate Party Wins in EU

Is this the beginning of a brand liberation movement?

The brand liberation movement scored a major victory this week in Europe by gaining a seat in the European Union’s Parliament. With a final tally of 7.1% of Swedish votes, the Pirate Party is the world's first – and only – political party with a pro-piracy platform to win electoral legitimacy.

The official platform of the Swedish Pirate Party is threefold: 1) Reform copyright law by decriminalizing all noncommercial copying and publicly encouraging the use of peer-to-peer networks, 2) Abolish all patents and 3) Respect the right to privacy by putting an "emergency brake" on the increasing surveillance of citizens. On all other questions, the Swedish Pirate Party has chosen to remain neutral.

The victory of the Pirate Party is a cause for celebration because it’s a step toward an artistically freer and more creative society. But the pro-piracy movement is not enough on its own. We must also be concerned with who is producing culture along with the medium by which it is communicated. If we allow this nascent brand liberation movement to stand for nothing but the free exchange of information, it will be co-opted by mainstream politics, and ultimately, capitalism itself.

The Pirate Party is the first step toward a “Mental Environment Party,” whose platform is concerned with cleaning up our polluted mindscapes by revoking the right of corporations to speak. A step toward a full critique of consumer capitalism that sees advertising for what it is – pollution – while challenging society to reject the passive consumption of corporate financed culture in favor of the active creation of local meaning.

Micah White is a Contributing Editor at Adbusters and an independent activist. He is writing a book on the future of activism. www.micahmwhite.com or micah (at) adbusters.org

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Alexandra

http://piratenpartei24.wordpress.com This is the guestbook of the pirates from germany. So anyone who wants to share his or her opinion is welcome. (also in other languages .. not only german) By the way, in germany they achieved nearly 1 % ... Greetings Alexandra

Alexandra

http://piratenpartei24.wordpress.com This is the guestbook of the pirates from germany. So anyone who wants to share his or her opinion is welcome. (also in other languages .. not only german) By the way, in germany they achieved nearly 1 % ... Greetings Alexandra

Anonymous

And what happens, then, when people stop buying art? When they stop purchasing a book because they can download it for free? The creative vision dies when the money leaves. Because, like everyone else, artists and creative minds need to eat, pay rent, and otherwise live. I'm not talking Hollywood or the music industry. But when patents die, so do the financial rewards of, say, writing a book. So, as an author, if I can't make a living doing what I love, then I am forced, by circumstance, to do who knows what, maybe accounting or something equally as silly.

Anonymous

And what happens, then, when people stop buying art? When they stop purchasing a book because they can download it for free? The creative vision dies when the money leaves. Because, like everyone else, artists and creative minds need to eat, pay rent, and otherwise live. I'm not talking Hollywood or the music industry. But when patents die, so do the financial rewards of, say, writing a book. So, as an author, if I can't make a living doing what I love, then I am forced, by circumstance, to do who knows what, maybe accounting or something equally as silly.

beanster

How can this not lead to the complete bastardization of thought?... Free thought is only free when it's not free for the stealing, copying, and exploiting. Thanks, Sweden!

beanster

How can this not lead to the complete bastardization of thought?... Free thought is only free when it's not free for the stealing, copying, and exploiting. Thanks, Sweden!

Surfin Cypherz

People steal other people's ideas whether copyrighten or not. All copyright and patents ever really did was force people to create idea's that didn't appear like another person's idea, this doesn't stimulate creativity it only encourages the false perception that your idea is original, and that creating things that on the surface appear different is originality. But people who are upset about the loss of copyright, forget we can design new systems like Creative Commons that make much more sense, since really I'm going to use your ideas whether you like it or not, because how do you own an idea? Owning an idea is like owning a chunk of thoughts or words, to truly protect them from my use you would have to make it so that no one can say any of the words you use in your idea at all, leading ultimately to illiteracy.

Surfin Cypherz

People steal other people's ideas whether copyrighten or not. All copyright and patents ever really did was force people to create idea's that didn't appear like another person's idea, this doesn't stimulate creativity it only encourages the false perception that your idea is original, and that creating things that on the surface appear different is originality. But people who are upset about the loss of copyright, forget we can design new systems like Creative Commons that make much more sense, since really I'm going to use your ideas whether you like it or not, because how do you own an idea? Owning an idea is like owning a chunk of thoughts or words, to truly protect them from my use you would have to make it so that no one can say any of the words you use in your idea at all, leading ultimately to illiteracy.

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