Despite the name of this organization Pirate Party is not about unlawful sharing of information and Internet piracy. On the contrary, this movement organized by non-professional politicians fight for preservation and protection of copyright and intellectual property rights, transparency of the governmental structure, free education and so on.
The project has originated in Sweden in 2006. Later on this year the Pirate Party International (PPI) with its head quarters in Belgium was organized. Nowadays, national Pirate parties can be found in nearly 33 states all over the world, they interact and support each other via PPI. Pirate Parties participate in the parliamentary elections. Two members of PPI even have places in the European Parliament.
The first prominent step of this party which attracted a considerable attention to its activity was the fight for reopening Wikileaks. After this site was closed the members of the Pirate Party in Sweden reopened this resource on their personal site as they promote free access to the Internet data.
The name of the party produces a mixed impression. On the one hand, it provides a hint of romance, but on the other, it creates the association with Internet piracy. Besides, there is a reason to connect these two issues as the Swedish Pirate Party was originally supported by Pirate Bay, one of the biggest Internet resources where it is possible to share files.
Pirate Party presents an excellent example of promoting its own ideas while being connected with some more popular parties of the country. For instance, in Germany the Pirate Party stands close to the social-democratic movement. That’s why when in 2009 the member of the German Parliament social-democrat Jorg Tauss has left his post he offered the place in the Parliament to the Pirate Party.
The Pirate Party movement has inspired the appearing of other international organizations. One of the most popular of them is called Pirates Without Borders. The difference between PWB and PPI is that PWB accept individuals as its members while PPI allows only parties and organizations to receive the membership. Parti Pirate Frankophone uses practice the same activity while uniting the “pirates” from French speaking countries, such as Belgium, Canada, Switzerland and France.
The members of Pirate Party International work on sheer enthusiasm. Besides, most of them do not have a university degree in policy. Their example proves that it is possible to protect the principles you consider to be important without being a professional politician.