Since 2006, the Swedish Pirate Party has worked to improve the dissemination of culture and the safeguarding of people’s privacy. Up until now, this work has been done for free, but that’s coming to an end. The party has had enough of the freetard generation and demands payment for its hard work.
“Society at large and individual citizens both benefit from the hard work of the Pirate Party. It is not reasonable that we should do it for free”, says party leader Anna Troberg. “If the freetard generation in Parliament and outside of it wants to reap the fruit of our hard labor, they’ll have to pay for it from now on.”
This is a rough English translation of a press release issued on the morning of April 1, 2012 by the Swedish Pirate Party. Yes, now that the date has passed: it’s an april fool’s joke. We have a tradition of making fun of copyright math; also check last year’s press release.
In the European Elections in 2009, the Swedish Pirate Party achieved about 7 per cent of the national vote. This means that about 280,000 people voted for the party. It is reasonable to assume that these people, on average, have spent ten hours of work spreading culture and safeguarding privacy every month – counting the six years since the party was founded. This means that pirates have worked over two billion hours without payment.
“It’s shocking that we are expected to do all this work for free”, says Troberg. “Pirates, just like everyone else, are in no position to pay for food and board with air and gratitude. It is about time that we claim our obvious right to get paid for the valuable time that has been stolen from us.”
Therefore, the party has calculated a standard remuneration of 30 euros per hour for the performed work. This sums up to about 61 billion euros – money that the party will demand from those who have stolen so much time from the party’s activists, stolen it through their lack of interest for culture and privacy.
“The Pirate Party will send invoices this week to all the parties in Swedish Parliament, demanding remuneration for our hard labor”, says Troberg. “If they had done their job, our activists would have been able to spend their valuable time elsewhere.”