The Pirate Party ‘movement’ is spreading. More countries are seeking a way to defend their rights on the Internet using the ultimate weapon our society has developed – politics. As you probably remember, the first pirate party to emerge was the one in Sweden (and it was due to the earlier rise of the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay in the same country) and it seems that the latest to put its foundation is the Bulgarian one.
Elected the party’s national administrator is, Bulgarian media reports, Angel Todorov, a former police officer and former employee of the National Security Service.
According to an announcement posted on the Bulgarian Pirate Party’s blog, delegates from 20 Bulgarian towns adopted the articles of constitution and the party’s political programme:
The main objectives on the party’s agenda are, similarly to the other Pirate Parties from various countries, reforms of the current copyright and patent laws.
“Copyright and patent laws today lead to the harmful creation of monopolies, the loss of important democratic values, obstacles in the way of creating culture and knowledge and obstacles in the way of citizen access,” states the political programme of the party.
The need for changes to the copyright law is once again emphasized: “We insist on the rejection of patents and on honest and balanced copyright laws, rooted in the will of the people, which would enrich human life, create a healthy commercial climate and a community of knowledge and culture that would benefit the development of the society as a whole.
The Bulgarian Party will be represented at the 2010 conference of the Pirate Parties International by Todorov and Bogomil Shopov – blogger, member of non-governmental organisation Electronic Frontier and member of Pirate Party’s national council.