The Pirate Bay has been having something of a torrid time over the last couple of years; as the world’s number one torrent site it is something of a target for those industries who want to protect their copyrights, and has been waging war with them, in the hope that if they fall, sharing information over the internet will somehow stop too.
However, the sneaky Pirate Bay people have come up with a dastardly plan to foil The Man: they’re going to try and have its representatives elected to Swedish Parliament, giving them immunity to copyright law. Now we don’t know about you, but that’s sounds like a coolest plan ever. Here’s the statement the released on their website (which appears to be having server troubles):
‘The Swedish Pirate Party: We want to make use of parliamentary immunity from prosecution to protect The Pirate Bay.
‘The Pirate Party recently started to deliver Internet bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, a bittorrent search engine. It is a website that helps people to share digital content, regardless of form. 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. This is a problem affecting free speech as well as the internet infrastructure.
‘It is long since the file-sharing debate was primarily about intellectual property. For several years, it has been about fundamental civil rights such as free speech and the right to privacy. This has become obvious, for example, when a German court recently denied the website The Pirate Bay the right to act politically and ordered it banned from the internet.
‘The Pirate Party is the only political party that takes responsibility for our fundamental civil rights, our country's information security, and the talent of the next generation. We demonstrate that through action. Every day.’