Inspired by Sweden's Piratpartiet, the would-be politicians say the aim of the party is to "fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are respected, say its founders.
The Pirates accused "Big Media copyright cartels" like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America of holding back back technological progress and squishing individual freedoms.
These have used "cut-throat litigation against ordinary Americans", interfered with "peer-to-peer networks by flooding them with bogus files" and corrupted "the political system with unscrupulous lobbying and political donations", the Pirates say. µ
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