It might have only been set up in 2006, but the Swedish Pirate Party plans to field 20 candidates at the upcoming European Parliament elections on a simple manifesto: reform copyright laws, abolish patents and ditch all attempts to regulate internet file-sharing. “You just have to look at who is affected by this issue,” says spokesperson Mattias Bjarnemalm. “Everyone below the age of 35 file shares. Their life is online. Most people who use iTunes probably also download illegally from sites such as The Pirate Bay.” The party is hoping the publicity around the trial of The Pirate Bay founders will help it attract young voters.

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