Swedish Pirate Party Scores EU Seat

By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 8, 2009 5:45 AM CDT
One of the hundreds of supporters of file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay that demonstrated in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday April 18 2009, waves a Jolly Roger pirate flag.   (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden, Fredrik Persson)
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(Newser) – Sweden’s Pirate Party scored a major victory last night, capturing one of the country’s 18 seats in the European parliament, AFP reports. The party—which advocates for the legalization of peer-to-peer file sharing, stronger digital privacy protections, and reforms in copyright law—was formed in 2006 and saw its membership triple to 48,000 after founders of the Pirate Bay file-sharing site were convicted in April.