No one should be denied the right to act politically. Therefore, the Swedish Pirate Party stepped in and became The Pirate Bay’s ISP. But we want to go even further. The Swedish Constitution is often ignored, but it contains an interesting detail. It says that MPs can not be sued or prosecuted for something that is done as part of their political mandate.
In practice, this implies total immunity for any political action taken within this working environment. Some of the Pirate Party’s prospective MPs intend to use this to host the entire Pirate Bay from inside the parliament, if today’s operators of the site accept this and if we win a place in parliament in the Swedish elections on September 19.
The Pirate Bay is actually both legitimate and legal already today, so technically no such immunity should be needed, but it is a practical way to get a short respite from the copyright industry’s legal barrage.
The Pirate Bay would then sail with immunity until copyright laws have been reduced and the site’s legal status is clarified.
There is also an important symbolic value in running the site from inside the parliamentary building.
The Pirate Party does this to protect several important values: Information security, fundamental freedom of expression, the future of Sweden as an industrial nation, and Sweden’s reputation as leading the way into the future. The Pirate Party consists of people who act on their resources where other politicians only appoint investigations and try to avoid responsibility.
Sweden has long been at the forefront as an IT nation. But we have fallen in the rankings, largely because today’s politicians do not see the connection between file-sharing culture and future industry skills. We have now dropped from place three to place eight in average household bandwidth.
There are no reasons for us to accept this development. There are no technical reasons for this, just political. This is why we never can accept the copyright industry’s systematical legal harassment of anyone who tries to create the next-generation industries. Their approach is criminal on the international arena and it ought to be criminal in Sweden as well: professional saboteurs are criminals, whomever foots the bill.
In this context, The Pirate Bay is a global icon for freedom of speech, next generation of jobs, and future industries. Naturally, the previous generation of industries feel threatened by this icon. Certainly, it is only one web site among thousands, but it is an important symbol. This symbolic value is precisely why we want to make it a national industrial interest by putting the servers inside the Swedish Parliament.
American and European entrepreneurs follow the development of the Swedish pirate movement with great interest. Quite frequently you see people on the net discussing moving to Sweden. Not because of the present political situation, but because of the potential that exists here. The talents of such professionals would be beneficial to our country, if we could take advantage of the potential that they see.
Today’s politicians show a complete lack of leadership in this area. They simply do not understand that the Internet is as important as electricity and running water, and that its unfettered freedom will create the jobs for the next generation.
The Pirate Party is the only political party that takes responsibility for our fundamental civil rights, our country’s information security, and the talent of the next generation. We demonstrate that through action. Every day.
Translation of opinion piece in Aftonbladet.