If you’re one of those 20 or 30-year-olds who think the Internet – and stuff on it – should be free, you now have a political party to join over in Sweden. The Pirate Party now has one seat at the table of the European Union’s parliament.
The party thinks that file sharing should be legal, and they want a huge overhaul to the copyright system throughout the world. I guess paying 99 cents for three-minutes of musical bliss – that they are allowed to play over-and-over for life – is too high a price to pay.
Now, the pirates (I’m not really sure what they call themselves) may have some good points when it comes to Internet security, but the following statement – directly from their Web site – is the focus of concern.
All non-commercial copying and use should be completely free. File sharing and p2p networking should be encouraged rather than criminalized. Culture and knowledge are good things, that increase in value the more they are shared. The Internet could become the greatest public library ever created.
Sounds so perfect, but what if an artist assigns value to your own property and want to sell it to make a reasonable living? No soup for you!
This means one person can buy Kenny Chesney’s latest album, make it available through a file sharing service, and give it out for free to one million of his or her closest friends.
Their site has more…
Pharmaceutical patents kill people in third world countries every day. They hamper possibly life saving research by forcing scientists to lock up their findings pending patent application, instead of sharing them with the rest of the scientific community.
Very altruistic of them, but there must be an incentive for researchers to come up with life-saving drugs and for companies to invest in research and development. If you really want to see dead people, take away the incentive from the smart people, they can find something else to do.
Following the 9/11 event in the US, Europe has allowed itself to be swept along in a panic reaction to try to end all evil by increasing the level of surveillance and control over the entire population. We Europeans should know better. It is not twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and there are plenty of other horrific examples of surveillance-gone-wrong in Europe’s modern history.
Gee, I guess the Pirate Party thinks 9/11 was just an event in the US, though which they loose even more credibility, but I do share their concern over the surveillance society.
I understand the idealistic view of the world, but at what point will those under the age of 50 be snapped into reality?