The past weekend, yet more copyright-enforcing politicians lost their jobs. There were elections in Spain and in Bremen, Germany. In particular, Pirates de Catalunya deserves — and gets — some limelight.
ABC: “The Pirate Party gets its first seats in Spain. The movement originated in Sweden, where they have representation in the European Parliament. In Germany, the Pirate Party has 50 council seats.”
El Público: “The Pirate Party triples its support in Barcelona.”
El Mundo: “Manoli, the first pirate councilmember: Pirate Party is second largest in the ruling coalition with 11,66% of the votes [in the municipality Sant Fruitós].”
Piratenpartei in Bremen, Germany also achieved a notable milestone this weekend — getting more list votes than the FDP, a party which has about 15% in the German Bundestag (Parliament). This was picked up by Golem, an IT specialized news source. (UPDATE May 28: Piratenpartei Bremen got five seats in Bremen councils.)
The more politicians that lose their jobs over not understanding the importance of information policy, the more we achieve our goal. Well played!
UPDATED: The article originally described Pirates de Catalunya as a subsection of the overall Partido Pirata in Spain. This was a misunderstanding on my part; the Pirate Party is not organized that way in Spain. Pirates de Catalunya is an independent Pirate Party, independently recognized by the Pirate Parties International.
UPDATE 2: I had originally interpreted the news as the Pirate Party getting many votes in Manoli, but Manoli is the name of the person getting elected — Manoli Martín. The municipality in question is named Sant Fruitós. Thanks for the correction, Juan.