Daily Archives: June 12, 2009

Pirates in the European Parliament!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8089102.stm
The recent European elections saw a Swedish group called the “Pirate Party” win a seat in the European Parliament.  According to the BBC article:

“the group – which campaigned on reformation of copyright and patent law – secured 7.1% of the Swedish vote”

These issues have been attracting international attention and comment during the “Pirate Bay” case that was held in Sweden.  See earlier CAS-IP blog posts:

https://casipblog.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/the-pirate-bay-case-again/
https://casipblog.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/the-pirate-bay-plot-thickens/
https://casipblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/the-pirate-bay-decision/

The BBC article included the following quote from Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC technology correspondent:

“Many people just don’t see illegal file-sharing as a crime, however hard the media industries try to persuade the public that it’s just as bad as shoplifting”

This gives food for thought over the attitudes of the public regarding these issues!