Monday, June 8th 2009

Pirate Party Elected to EU Parliament

The Pirate Party silenced skeptics, gathering enough votes in the European Union elections this year, to make it to the Parliament from Sweden. This serves as a huge victory to the party whose ideology revolves around fighting harsh and archaic copyright laws and enforcement agencies, that it finds incompatible with the digital age we live in. The party secured 7.1 percent of the 99.9 percent districts' votes counted, which guarantees at least one of the 18 or 20 seats Sweden contributes to the EU Parliament. Sweden has 20 seats, but until the Lisbon treaty passes only 18 with voting rights. In this case, the party might secure 2 seats.

Rick Falkvinge, leader of the party, in a statement to TorrentFreak said “Together, we have today changed the landscape of European politics. No matter how this night ends, we have changed it.” National and International press gathered in Stockholm, where the party celebrates its landmark victory. “This feels wonderful. The citizens have understood it’s time to make a difference. The older politicians have taken apart young peoples’ lifestyle, bit by bit. We do not accept that the authorities’ mass-surveillance,” Falkvinge added.
The voter turnout for the elections was 43 percent. Nearly 200,000 people voted for The Pirate Party, way up from its performance in the 2006 Swedish national elections, where it secured 34,918 votes. With their presence in the EU Parliament, the party wants to fight the abuses of power and copyright laws at the hands of the entertainment industries, and make those activities illegal instead. On the other hand they hope to legalize file-sharing for personal (non-commercial) use.Source: TorrentFreak
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268 Comments on Pirate Party Elected to EU Parliament

#1
Wile E
Power User
TheMailMan78 said:
I thought the Netherlands was the place between your privates and your anus. Man you guys are confusing me.
No, no, no. That's the Nether-regions. ;)

Steevo said:
blah, blah, blah, saying some stuff that nobody cares about, droning on............
I like boobies.
The only important part of the conversation bolded.
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#2
Steevo
I am torrenting a large set a friend did from TPB right now, and it is .......not illegal. 7GB of music in lossless format.



Still faster than a DVD of it in the mail, and free too, except the long wait.........



And I swear if I hear a song I like i will look it up in the index and buy the song and or CD.
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#3
Hayder_Master
i vote for pirates , they make me buy any dvd pay 3$ only , cuz this is real cost and this is what is deserve
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#4
El_Mayo
hayder.master said:
i vote for pirates , they make me buy any dvd pay 3$ only , cuz this is real cost and this is what is deserve
a dvd costs only $3?
how much does a CD cost then? :O
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Mussels
Moderprator
El_Mayo said:
a dvd costs only $3?
how much does a CD cost then? :O
he's talking about pirate copies. in every country theres always one guy willing to download stuff, burn it to a DVD and charge people money for it.
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#6
Triprift
Cd's dont cost more than that before they hit the music stores markup is huge wich equals ripoff.
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#7
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Triprift said:
Cd's dont cost more than that before they hit the music stores markup is huge wich equals ripoff.
Then dont buy them. Its still not an excuse to steal.
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#8
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
TheMailMan78 said:
Then dont buy them. Its still not an excuse to steal.
Or set up a similar shop and sell them for less than your competitors.
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#9
Triprift
Im just saying from the wholesaler to the stores there seems to be a rediculous markup on many products.
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#10
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Triprift said:
Cd's dont cost more than that before they hit the music stores markup is huge wich equals ripoff.
Then dont buy them. Its still not an excuse to steal.

Steevo said:
Consequences are caused by a action or reaction and thus weighed and determined against the moral fiber of another to be right or wrong. Thus right and wrong exist, but are totally subjective.
Ok then while we are at it lets go ahead and redfine some other subjective "wrongs". Rape, molestation, murder, kidnapping and assault.

Triprift said:
Im just saying from the wholesaler to the stores there seems to be a rediculous markup on many products.
Yup. Its called profit. Don't buy them and the price will go down. Its called supply and demand.
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#11
Triprift
More like greed you could have lower prices and still have companies making huge profits.
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#12
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Triprift said:
More like greed you could have lower prices and still have companies making huge profits.
Again its simple. Don't buy their product.
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#13
Triprift
Mailman you know were i stand on this as i do with you lets just choose to disagree as your a good man and i dont want to argue.
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#14
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Triprift said:
Mailman you know were i stand on this as i do with you lets just choose to disagree as your a good man and i dont want to argue.
:toast: Agreed. I wish they would lock this damn thing.
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#15
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
TheMailMan78 said:
Yup. Its called profit. Don't buy them and the price will go down. Its called supply and demand.
I just want to point out that videos and music CDs, the price really never comes down much. They're almost always at around $15 each (starting at $20 and never get less than $10). Games, on the other hand, their price comes way down once the sales figures start to slump from $50 to $15. The game industry reacts to demand where the recording and motion picture industries really don't. I could never figure that out.
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Mussels
Moderprator
FordGT90Concept said:
I just want to point out that videos and music CDs, the price really never comes down much. They're almost always at around $15 each (starting at $20 and never get less than $10). Games, on the other hand, their price comes way down once the sales figures start to slump from $50 to $15. The game industry reacts to demand where the recording and motion picture industries really don't. I could never figure that out.
in this modern age when production costs are nullified online (no manufacturing, no shipping, no middlemen), people know that they should be getting things cheap. look at steam vs retail, the lower prices make people gobble the games up.

These industries wont allow that, simply because they're full of middlemen who dont want to lose their profits. Cant blame em really, it would suck to have your job taken away by the internet - but they can always move over to internet based stores and make the profit there (less profit per sale, but 100x more sales at least)
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#17
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
A DVD case which most games and videos ship in cost less than a $1. Add in $0.50 (very high estimate) for producing the cover and other material. Add in another $0.50 to copy a disk (very high estimate again). That's at most $2 per CD/DVD sold in retail packaging.

Online, there is are a few factors that weigh in including including the size of the content to be distributed, the monthly charge to the hosts ISP(s), and the average number of times the content is downloaded per user.

There is a point where online distrobution costs far more than retail. What that point is, I can only guess.

Which distrobution method is selling the best, and by how much, is also an industry secret.
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#18
Mussels
Moderprator
FordGT90Concept said:
A DVD case which most games and videos ship in cost less than a $1. Add in $0.50 (very high estimate) for producing the cover and other material. Add in another $0.50 to copy a disk (very high estimate again). That's at most $2 per CD/DVD sold in retail packaging.
you're forgetting labor. it may cost that much to produce, but they dont CHARGE that much.
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