[pp.int.general] Finland's Pirate Party Enters Official Party Register

Philip Hunt cabalamat at googlemail.com
Thu Aug 20 03:18:40 CEST 2009

2009/8/19 Rick Falkvinge (Piratpartiet) <rick at piratpartiet.se>:

>> "We are absolutely against the idea that any political party can give
>> their support
>> to the idea of free use of protected content," said Arto Alaspää, the
>> director of
>> IFPI Finland (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).
> IFPI is absolutely opposed to the fact that a political party is allowed
> to support a particular idea? Does he even understand himself what he
> just said? I'm not sure if a "yes" or "no" answer is scarier.

It's easy to dismiss this as a one-off comment, but other leaders of
rightsholder organisations have said similar things in the past, for
example Dean Garfield of the MPAA said in 2007: "There’s nothing about
what the Pirate Bay does or what the Pirate Party does that is


Fundamentally, they don't believe in democracy, they want their
obsolete business models to be propped up forever, however much it
warps society to do it.

Philip Hunt, <cabalamat at googlemail.com>
Campaigns Officer / Press Officer, Pirate Party UK

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