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Interview with Pirate Party Leader: "These are Crucial Freedoms"

Jun 16, 2009, 18:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"As with many, the turning point for Falkvinge was the struggle against efforts to impose more restrictive copyrights throughout the European Union in 2005. According to Falkvinge, the issues were widely covered and discussed in Sweden by everyone -- except the politicians.

"So I sat down and asked myself, 'What does it take to get the politicians' attention?' I realized that you probably couldn't get their attention without making it personal. So the only recourse basically was to bypass the politicians entirely, and head straight for the voting citizens at the polls -- essentially make it so personal that they can't ignore it any more."

"While to North Americans, the party's name may seem deliberately provocative, Falkvinge explains that it was an inevitable one given the political background. In 2001, a copyright lobbying group called the Anti-Pirate Bureau was founded, so when a counter think-tank was established in 2003, it naturally called itself the Pirate Bureau."

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