The Swedish Pirate Party

Sweden Inspires US Political Party

One of Sweden’s newest political parties, the Pirate Party, has inspired the creation of a new movement in the United States.

The American Pirate Party was launched over the weekend in the western state of Utah, although organisers require 2000 signatures by next February in order to be recognised as an official party, and be able to stand in the 2008 elections.

The Swedish Pirate Party, the first in the world, was founded in 2006 on a platform of reform for intellectual property and copyright laws.

Although American groups formed soon after the Swedish party’s creation, the Utah movement is the first to seek official recognition. They use the same logo as the Swedes - but in the red, white and blue of the Stars and Stripes.

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