30 April 2012

IP Sceptical Pirate Party on the Rise in Germany

 The German Pirate Party (“Piratenpartei”) is well known amongst IP professionals for their sceptic stance on the current state of copyright and patent law. On the ksnh::law blog we recently issued two postings titled "Pirate Party Winning Seats In Parliament Of Saarland, Germany" and "Political Turmoil in Germany: Piratenpartei" sketching the recent political developments of the political arm of the pirate movement in Germany, including two electoral victories in the German states of Berlin and Saarland:

On September 18, 2011, the Piratenpartei won 9% of the votes in the Berlin state elections and got their first parliamentary group in a local state Parliament in Germany; (see here);
On March 25, 2012, the Piraten partei won 7.4% of the votes in the Saarland state elections, well above the 5% quorum, giving them seats in the new legislative period (see press coverage), way ahead of the Liberal Democrats that reached only 1.25% of the votes.

But there may be more victories to come:

In the German State of Schleswig-Holstein, state electtions are due to be held on May 06, 2012. Recent polls show up to 9% and even 11% to be expected for the Piratenpartei (date 30 April 2012). The quorum for gaining seats will be 5%.
In the German State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, having the largest population among Germany states and being an important industrialc center of the country, state elections are to be held on May 13, 2012. Recent polls also show results around 8% to be expected for the Piratenpartei (adate 30 April 2012). The quorum for gaining seats will be 5%.
In September 2013, General Elections for the lower chamber of German Parliament (Bundestag) fall due. Recent polls show results between 9% and 11% to be expected for the Piratenpartei (date 30 April 2012). The quorum for gaining seats will be 5%.

Before this background the nervousness amongst other political parties, economists and the legal professions is rising: "Political Turmoil in Germany: Piratenpartei".





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