Friday, October 23, 2009

Is this the real reason why Labour's hierarchy is so against free culture?

Background to the Pirate Party can be found on Wikipedia.  This came to my attention this evening via Lawrence Lessig's Twitter feed.  Interesting that:
Founded in 2006, it is now the third largest party in Sweden in terms of membership. Its sudden popularity has given rise to parties with the same name and similar goals in Europe and worldwide, forming the international Pirate Party movement.

And I ask myself - is this the real reason why so many in the Labour hierarchy seem to be so in thrall to the large intellectual property corporations and so against ideas of free culture?  For if the Pirate Party meme took off in the UK, any nascent organisation could very soon take over from the Lib Dems as the third party, tying together as it would do in a heady mixture of modernity and apparent anarchy the most relevant and significant changes in communication and community of this first decade of the 21st century.

But surely, one would assume, any politician worth his or her salt would see this as an opportunity to be clearly taken advantage of rather than an instinct to be tied up in knots of unworkable legislation?

Unless, of course, the politicians in question were tied up in knots of inescapable favour ...

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