Pirate Party wins EU seat

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The Pirate Party has won a seat in the EU elections following its campaigning for a freer internet.

The Swedish party received 7.1 per cent of the vote in its country, translating to one seat in the European Parliament.

Christian Engstrom, the party's top candidate, told Reuters: "This is fantastic! This shows that there are a lot of people who think that personal integrity is important and that it matters that we deal with the internet and the new information society in the right way."

The party fought for its seat on three issues: reform of copyright law, abolishment of the patent system ,and respect for the right of privacy.

A statement on its website said: "Not only do we think these are worthwhile goals. We also believe they are realistically achievable on a European basis. The sentiments that led to the formation of the Pirate Party in Sweden are present throughout Europe."

"There are already similar political initiatives under way in several other member states. Together, we will be able to set a new course for a Europe that is currently heading in a very dangerous direction."

The party's popularity rose following the Pirate Bay case in April where four individuals were found guilty of breaching copyright laws and each of them sentenced to one year in prison.

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