Pirate Bay, one of the world’s largest and most controversial torrent/file-sharing websites could soon be given an unlikely lifeline through a loophole in Swedish law. The Pirate Party, a political group advocating file-sharing in Pirate Bay’s native Sweden, are planning to host the website themselves through the Swedish parliament.
If the Pirate Party could manage to win parliamentary seats in the upcoming September elections, they would then be able to use parliament to host the website, which under Swedish law would grant them immunity from prosecution.
And that’s not as far fetched a chain of events as you may imagine; this is hardly the Monster Raving Loony Party we’re talking about. They only need to attain four percent of votes, and already achieved 7.1% in European parliament elections last summer.
“The Pirate Party recently started to deliver Internet bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, a bittorrent search engine,” reads a post on the party’s blog.
“It is a website that helps people to share digital content, regardless of form. Since The Pirate Bay was founded in 2003, the copyright industry has constantly tried to sabotage and prevent both its servers and users from communicating. This is a problem affecting free speech as well as the internet infrastructure.”
The saga of Pirate Bay and what constitutes digital rights looks set to continue for quite some time it would seem.