Swedish politicians vote in favour of legal piracy

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Ever the home of progressive thinkers, Sweden now hasa political party that is officially in favour of what many would call internetpiracy.

Vänsterpartiet, or the Left Party of Sweden, hadits annual congress last weekend, at which one of the motions up for debate waswhether or not online sharing of copyright material should be legalised. Themotion passed.

Pirate Bay cited

The details of the debate included the followingstatement underlining why current copyright legislation is outdated:

"The farce that is the ongoing legal proceduresagainst The Pirate Bay also shows how legal security is in risk of beingcompromised by those trying to enforce the current ban on file sharing."

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Going on to provide an example of the law lookingan ass, it stated, "To many of us in the Left Party, file sharing is somethingpositive in the same obvious way that public libraries are."

Althoughthe Left Party is not in power, the Center Party is and it too is looking atthe whole issue of copyright legislation. If commonsense can prevail in Sweden, whoknows what’s possible elsewhere?