5 Apr 2012
In 2006, Rick Falkvinge, a Swedish software entrepreneur, founded a new political party centred around the subjects of file sharing, copyright and patents. He called it the Pirate Party and it rose to prominence after a government crackdown on the file-sharing site, the Pirate Bay. Since then, the Pirate Party has swept Europe and beyond to become an international political movement, active in 40 different countries with representation in the European parliament.
The Pirate Party fights for transparency, anonymity and sensible copyright laws.
At TEDxObserver, Falkvinge explains how he became the leader of the party as well as into the "politics and policies of protest" in the struggle for freedom of speech on the Internet.