New York (June 9, 2009)–Following the high-profile court case against Swedish bit-torrent site The Pirate Bay, Sweden’s Pirate Party has won a seat in the European Parliament, landing 7.1 percent of the country’s vote.
The organization has been campaigning on issues of copyright and patent law reformation, and while it came in fifth place among the country’s political parties, that was still enough to ensure a place at the political table. Next on the party’s agenda will be negotiations among different EU Parliamentary groups, in order to align the party with a larger voting block.
Leader Rickard Falkvinge told the BBC that winning the seat proved the party had “gained political credibility. People were not taken in by the establishment and we got political trust from the citizens.”
Falkvinge credited the Pirate Bay court defeat for rallying public support for his party. The team behind the infamous web piracy site were sentenced to a year in prison and $4.5 million in damages in April.