Pirate Party

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Pirate Party is a label adopted by political parties in different countries. Pirate parties support civil rights, direct democracy and participation in government, reform of copyright and patent law, free sharing of knowledge (open content), information privacy, transparency, freedom of information and network neutrality.[citation needed]


Pirate parties in
national elections
Election Date  %
Sweden 17 September 2006 0.63
Germany 7 September 2009 2.00
Sweden 19 September 2010 0.65 (+0.02)
United Kingdom 6 May 2010 0.40*
Czech Republic 28–29 May 2010 0.80 [2]
Netherlands 9 June 2010 0.11
Finland 17 April 2011 0.51
Canada 2 May 2011 0.67*
Switzerland 23 October 2011 0.50
Spain 20 November 2011 0.10**
New Zealand 26 November 2011 0.58*
Greece 6 May 2012 0.51
France 11 June 2012 0.85*
Greece 17 June 2012 0.23 (-0.28)
Netherlands 13 September 2012 0.30 (+0.19)
Israel 22 January 2013 0.07
Iceland 27 April 2013 5.10
Australia 7 September 2013 0.31***[3]
Norway 10 September 2013 0.30 [4]
Germany 22 September 2013 2.20 (+0.20)
Austria 29 September 2013 0.77
Luxembourg 20 October 2013 2.94
Czech Republic 25–26 October 2013 2.66 (+1.86) [5]
Australia 8 February 2014 1.51*[6]
Australia 5 April 2014 0.49%[7]
Pirate parties
in European elections
Vote Date  %
Sweden 7 June 2009 7.13
Germany 7 June 2009 0.90
Croatia 14 April 2013 1.13

*Majority rule, average of all electoral districts
where the party participated in the election

**Aggregated national results for Pirates de Catalunya
(0.63% in the 4 Catalonian provinces) and
Partido Pirata (Navarra 0.54%, Castellón 0.33%,
Teruel 0.28% and Huesca 0.33%)

***Senate elections by state: 0.33% (NSW), 0.37% (Victoria),
0.5% (Queensland), and 0.58% (Tasmania).

The Swedish Piratpartiet, founded on 1 January 2006 under the leadership of Rickard Falkvinge, was the first pirate party. The party's name was derived from Piratbyrån [1] an organization opposed to intellectual property. Members of Piratbyrån had previously founded the BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay.[2] Piratbyrån was an organization founded to oppose the lobbyism of the anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån. The "pirate" label, which had been used by the media and film industries in campaigns against copyright infringement, is therefore a reappropriation of the word.[3][4]

Parties in other countries, such as the Pirate Party of Austria (founded in July 2006) and the Pirate Party Germany (September 2006), were inspired by the Swedish example. In October 2006, Pirate Parties International was founded as an umbrella organization. In the European Parliament election of 2009 the Swedish Pirate Party received 7.1 percent of the votes, winning two seats and achieving the first major success of a Pirate Party in an election. The German Pirate Party managed to win 8.9 percent of the votes in the Berlin state election, 2011.[5] The Czech Pirate Party won the international race to get a pirate politician to national parliament when a joint pirate candidate, Libor Michálek, was elected in the 2012 senate election.[6]

The biggest election victory in national parliamentary elections of any pirate party was in Iceland where they received 5.1% of the electorate on the 27th of April 2013, gaining 3 seats out of 63 in the Althing.[7]

Common Policies[edit]

Some common themes inform policies internationally.[citation needed]

Copyright and censorship[edit]

Some campaigns have included demands for the reform of copyright and patent laws via policies opposing internet censorship and surveillance.[8] One report cited a "fundamental incompatibility" between unrestricted freedom of speech and child pornography.[9] A comparison was elsewhere made between the 1980s pro-pedophilia groups that "flirted with the Greens".[10] In 2010, Swedish MEP Christian Engström called for supporters of amendments to the Data Retention Directive to withdraw their signatures,[11] citing a misleading campaign.[12]

International organizations[edit]

  Elected posts won
  Officially registered
  Active, unregistered pirate party
  No pirate party

Pirate Parties International[edit]

Pirate Parties International (PPI) is the umbrella organization of the national Pirate Parties. Since 2006 the organization has existed as a loose union[13] of the national parties. Since October 2009, Pirate Parties International has had the status of a non-governmental organization (Feitelijke vereniging) based in Belgium. The organization was officially founded at a conference from 16 to 18 April 2010 in Brussels, when the organization's statutes were adopted by the 22 national pirate parties represented at the event.[14]

The Pirate Parties International Foundation helps to establish Pirate parties around the world. It operates forums and mailing lists for communication between the national parties. The Pirate Parties International is governed by a board, led by co-chairs Gregory Engels and Lola Voronina.

European Pirate Party[edit]

The European Pirate Party (PPEU) is a European political party founded in September 2013 which consists of the pirate parties of European countries.[15]

Pirates without Borders[edit]

Pirates Without Borders is an international association of pirates. Unlike Pirate Parties International (which accepts only parties as voting members and organizations as observing members), Pirates Without Borders accept individuals as members. The PWB see themselves as a basis for international projects. Through global cooperation, they strive to reveal the impact of multinational trade agreements on all people on Earth, and foster freedom and democracy.[16] PWB originates from an independent committee for the coordination of Pirate parties in German-speaking countries, known as DACHLuke (DACHL = Germany-Austria-Switzerland-Luxembourg).

Since the Pirate Parties International Conference 2011 on 12 and 13 March 2011, PWB is an "observing member" of Pirate Parties International. The previously independent project "pirate streaming" has become a part of Pirates without Borders since 3 May 2011.

Parti Pirate Francophone[edit]

In Parti Pirate Francophone, the French-speaking Pirate Parties are organized. Current members are the pirates parties in Belgium, Côte d'Ivoire, France, Canada and Switzerland.

National Pirate Parties[edit]

Mandates of national pirate parties
 Sweden - Piratpartiet 2 European parliament
 Czech Republic - Česká pirátská strana 1 national, 3 communal
 Iceland - Píratar 3 national
 Germany - Piratenpartei Deutschland 45 regional, 201 communal[17]
 Catalonia - Pirates de Catalunya 2 communal
  Switzerland - Piratenpartei Schweiz 2 communal
 Croatia - Pirate Party Croatia 2 communal
 Austria - Piratenpartei Österreichs 1 communal

Outside Sweden, pirate parties have been started in over 40 countries,[18] inspired by the Swedish initiative.


  1. ^ Why The Name "Pirate Party"?
  2. ^ Slyck Interviews The Pirate Bay, retrieved 2011-01-21
  3. ^ "What's in a name?". Pirate Party UK. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  4. ^ "FAQ". Pirate Party Australia. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Zweitstimmenanteile ausgewählter Parteien". Wahl zum Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin 2011 (in German). Die Landeswahlleiterin für Berlin. 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  6. ^ Rick Falkvinge (21 October 2012). "Pirate Parties Win First Senator's Seat Czech Win International Race". Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Outcome of the Elections", Icelandic National Radio, Reykjavik, 28 April 2013. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
  8. ^ Copley, Caroline (20 September 2009). "Germany’s ‘Pirate Party’ hopes for election surprise". Reuters blog (Reuters). Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Nothnagle, Alan (19 April 2012). "Germany's Pirates enter Nazi-infested waters". Open Salon (Salon). Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Gessat, Michael (4 May 2013). "Pedophilia accusations haunt Green politician". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Collins, Barry (3 June 2010). "Prevent paedophiles by tracking Google, say MEPs". PC Pro. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Engström, Christian (2 June 2010). "Urging MEPs to withdraw their Written Declaration 29 signatures". Christian Engström blog. WordPress.com. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Pirate Parties International in the wiki of Pirate Parties International, retrieved 2011-01-21
  14. ^ "22 Pirate Parties from all over the world officially founded the Pirate Parties International". Pirate Parties International. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  15. ^ here comes the European Pirate Party
  16. ^ "Pirates without Borders Wiki". Pirates without Borders. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ "Piratenpartij presenteert verkiezingsprogramma" (in Dutch). 3VOOR12 NL. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Pirate parties at Wikimedia Commons