The Pirate Bay Issue - English Translation

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

File sharing becomes important during elections

After the activities of the last few days, some kind of expert has claimed file sharing to be this election's big question in Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, SvD. Pirate Party goes "duh", youth organisations of the established parties go "yay, we're in".

Miljöpartiet (the Green Party) actually announced they wanted to legalize downloading in their election manifest:
Downloading music and movies should be allowed for private use, but the musicians[no, it doesn't say "artists"] have to be compensated.

This is very close to this quote:
File sharing technology in itself is good, and downloading is here to stay. However, our point of view is that the creators have to be payed for their work.

Want to know who said that? Henrik Pontén of Antipiratbyrån. Miljöpartiet wants people to think they're pro-file sharing, when in fact they're just trying to ride on the wave of current events. Read my old post about Piratbyrån's speech at Reboot. It's not about downloading, stupid!

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