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Youngest Pirate Party member takes seat in European Parliament

Second to take a seat
Mon Nov 21 2011, 12:09

THE YOUNGEST MEMBER of the Pirate Party is about to take a seat at the European Parliament in Brussels.

According to Torrentfreak, 24 year old Amelia Andersdotter will be the second Pirate Party member to be seated. She was voted in more than two years ago, but due to bureaucratic quarrels, her official appointment was delayed.

However, Andersdotter and 17 other new members are expected to take their seats next month.

Andersdotter is a supporter of a united Europe, and said that she hopes that the Pirate Party can influence a regime in which culture, creativity and innovation will flourish.

This comes as European Union Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes said that the public does not like copyright and it does not work for artists.

On Saturday, Kroes told delegates at the Forum d'Avignon that despite millions of dollars being spent, copyright infringement is not decreasing. Meanwhile, consumers see copyright as a tool to punish and withhold, and artists are not being adequately rewarded.

She said, "The life of an artist is tough: the crisis has made it tougher. Let's get back to basics, and deliver a system of recognition and reward that puts artists and creators at its heart." µ


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