Microsoft, Swedes Collide over Copy Rights

At an innovation conference in the Swedish west coast city of Gothenburg, one of the highest bosses in the IT world has clashed with the head of the new Swedish Pirate Party which advocates free downloading of digital material.

Microsoft's vice director Marshall Phelps denounced the Pirate Party for being a political branch of a movement threatening company ideas by disregarding patents and copy rights.

The Swedish party counters that free access to information will boost the economy and that copy right laws hinder innovation.

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