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Pirate Party Wins and Enters The European Parliament
Nobody believed in them. Nobody believed they'd actually get votes. Nobody believed that people are sick and tired of being railroaded and sued in the name of intellectual property. But now that's all going to change.

"When the Swedish Pirate Party was founded in early 2006, the majority of the mainstream press were skeptical, with some simply laughing it away. But they were wrong to dismiss this political movement out of hand. Today, the Pirate Party accomplished what some believed to be the impossible, by securing a seat in the European Parliament," posts ernesto from torrentfreak.com.

"With 99.9% of the districts counted the Pirates have 7.1 percent of the votes, beating several established parties. This means that the Pirate Party will get at least one, but most likely two of the 18 (+2) available seats Sweden has at the European Parliament."

ernesto continued in his June 7, 2009 post, "With their presence in Brussels, the Pirate Party hopes to reduce the abuses of power and copyright at the hands of the entertainment industries, and make those activities illegal instead. On the other hand they hope to legalize file-sharing for personal use."

Read all of the story here.