September 14, 2006
The Pirate Party: Rethinking Copyright
Rickard Falvinge is running for Swedish Parliament on a single issue - he's founder and candidate of the new Pirate Party, or Piratpartiet, which opposes strong copyright protection and supports file sharing. The party doesn't oppose all copyright, but it believes that all non-commercial copying and use should be completely free, file sharing and p2p networking should be encouraged rather than criminalized, and copyright term should be limited to five years after publication. When Sweden's Pirate Bay, a site that catalogs files available for download via BitTorrent, was raided by police and (temporarily) shut down recently, Falvinge spoke at the demonstration that followed, saying that copyright is not about protecting intellectual property, but about asserting control over culture.