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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Pirate Party Got a Seat in Germany

Pirate Party Got a Seat in Germany

Pirate Party Got a Seat in Germany

Added: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Now Germany might have to start paying more attention to people who don’t like the way international corporations are running things. In the regional elections in Berlin it appeared that voters told Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition to go on and multiply.


The Pirate Party didn’t just win 8.9% of the vote, it even got a representative into office. Indeed, the Pirate Party has apparently expanded its platform from its initial push for legalizing file-sharing and protection of data on the web to include education and citizens' rights.

Nevertheless, such results may be a shock for the entertainment industry, which has always regarded governments in many countries as its puppets. Such turn of events might make it harder for the music and movie industry to bring in attempts to crucify file-sharers and make them to pay for the mistakes the entertainment industry had made for the last decade.

Even taking into account the fact that one candidate doesn’t have very much power, it means the mainstream parties will have to adopt some of the Pirate Party’s views and ideas if they are going to receive votes from its supporters. Fortunately, this will mean that they stop turning over the country’s legal system to Hollywood and instead force them to work like other businesses.

Andreas Baum, top Pirate candidate, announced in the interview that this is all new to his party, and therefore he is going to get straight to work. Meanwhile, the latest elections were quite a drubbing for the Free Democrats, Angela Merkel’s coalition partner, because they only won 2% of the vote, which is clearly far short of the 5% needed to win seats in the regional legislature. At the same time, Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats received only 23.2% of the vote, while the center-left Social Democrats won 28.7%.

September 22nd,2011

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Date:  Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-09-22 13:29:57)
KazzGirl avatarHere in Australia the independents currently have the upper hand in one of the houses of parliament and the consequence of that is that the other two major parties have to kiss the butts of the three independents just to get anything passed and have a chance at becoming L A W law. And the party that is currently in power is only there due to second preferences from the greens. What a messed up system. But it makes for an interesting time if you are trying to get what is usually a minor issued recognised. It would be great if the Pirate Party candidate had the same power in the German parliament once all the votes are counted.

Great article Sam - Keep them coming.

posted by (2011-09-22 17:19:04)
DEMONLORD avatarit only the rest of the world would do that also

posted by Blocked (2011-09-22 17:39:05)
No avatarevery country should have such pirate party. young voters would definitely support it.

posted by ET loverSuperman (2011-09-22 18:47:30)
tonymengela avatarWe do in The US its called the Libertarian Party the only problem is that the media has demonized everyone in it. In america now its cool to be what is called liberal progressive which is anything but that,,,most of them are just the same as conservatives when its time to vote and its always a corporate bought vote. wish the people here would stop being a party patsy and vote libertarian at least they vote according to the town hall meetings!!!!!! which means the actual voice of the people

posted by (2011-09-22 19:41:43)
kingtiger01 avatarUSPP: United States Pirate Party, we already have one. I list them on my voter Reg. Card, although no one takes it seriously it seems!

Ive honestly got my Voter Reg. card sent back to me this year, because they thought i was joking!(just moved)

Either way, Grats Germany for finally accepting truth over blind faith and power.

We need this THROUGH OUT the rest of the world. there should be no "ONE" group in any Senate/Parliament. Diversity allows everyone's thoughts to raise words. not just one groups opinions.

posted by (2011-09-22 20:15:10)
luke4G avatarWe have in the law a basic right to an open internet. like reading books.
No 3 strikes out. We leaving France and England far behind.

Greetings from Holland.

posted by Blocked (2011-09-26 01:23:38)

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