Peter Sunde The Pirate Bay

Well, this could be… interesting. Former Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde has announced plans to stand in next year’s European Parliament elections, running under the flag of the Finnish Pirate Party. “Even though I’m not a politician, or perhaps because of that, I think that my experiences and knowledge could help create the solutions we’re in dire need of,” Sunde tells TorrentFreak. And yes, his manifesto is unlikely to be endorsed by the IFPI or BPI. “Non-commercial file sharing should of course become legal and protected, and must re-think copyright all together. Copyright is not the thing that makes artists money, it’s only for their brokers and distributors… I’d rather see us sponsor culture by pushing more money to music education, and facilities for your people to create music. It would be much more sane for cultural advancement then extending copyrights.” Sunde has focused more on micropayments startup Flattr in his post-Pirate Bay career, but a proposed jail term for his original role is still hanging over his head in Sweden.

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