The Pirate Bay co-founder wants to stand in European elections

2013-05-17T04:52:00
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Reporter Mohit Kumar
Modified 2013-05-17T15:52:59

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Peter Sunde, the former spokesman for The Pirate Bay has announced he will run in the European Parliament elections next year. Sunde, will participate for the Finnish branch of the Pirate Party. The Pirate Party was founded in Sweden in 2006, and in 2009 Christian Engström was the first member of the Pirate Party elected to European Parliament.

Sunde, along with partners Carl Lundström, Frederik Neij, and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, were convicted of accessory to breaching copyright laws by a Swedish court in 2009.

Peter Sunde, who was born in Sweden but holds Finnish citizenship, is facing a prison sentence for his involvement with BitTorrent doesn't seem to concern him very much. He has been fighting the sentence for a while and if he gets elected things might get very interesting indeed.

Sunde describes himself as 'socialist, green and a pirate' on his blog. "I am doing what I can to help solve the problems we have today, as well as the ones we will have in the future. That’s why I’ve decided to participate in the election for the European parliament 2014,” Sunde said.

"Even though I'm not a politician, or perhaps because of that, I think that my experiences and knowledge could help create the solutions we're in dire need of."

Sunde reportedly reached out to German-born Mega mastermind Kim Dotcom to also stand for election next year, but Dotcom declined, citing other priorities.