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The Pirates Are Coming to Canada

August 31, 2009 6:00 AM | News

By Tyler Sutherland

The Pirate Party of CanadaNext time Canadians head to the polls in a federal election, a new party could show up on the ballot. The Pirate Party of Canada — which strives for reformed copyright laws — is on their way to becoming an official party, according to Mashable.com.

The party comes about after popular website The Pirate Bay was sold earlier this year. The owners of the site were sued for millions in Swedish court for distributing/sharing various material, such as downloadable movies, music, etc. The Pirate Party launched in Europe and successfully gained 7.13% of the elected seats in June. Now they’ve set their sights on our country and have launched The Pirate Party of Canada.

The party is in favour of:

– Copyright Reform
– Reform of the patents system
– Better respect of privacy
– Net Neutrality
– Open Government

The party only needs 250 signatures to be able to officially run in the next election. There’s no doubt that they will have any trouble reaching that number, as supporters can simply sign a declaration on their website.

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