I wrote something in response to a UK Green Poltician talking about Pirate Bay in Sweden:
New Statesman - Sian's been very naughty
This is what I wrote:
There is a very Green issue underlying this. Sweden has held out legally partly because of a different tradition in relation to commons and public goods in Swede.
Sweden has a very specific Scandinavian idea of land ownership. "Everybody's right" means that land that others own can be used by you for certain purposes, including walking over it, camping out and picking berries etc...
This is partly because Sweden is a huge land area with a tiny population, and partly because they are a deeply socialist bunch.
Anyway, hopefully Pirate Bay brings a sense of the commons to the zone of culture, and we can loosen the stranglehold of ownership a little.
- What emerges from this for me is that if you want to start a global commons movement, it is a good idea to begin with the politics of copyright, and then extend the debates to ownership in general.
Indeed in Sweden there is allready an anti-copyright party. Could this become a movement for Global reform of ownership, and the democritisation of the Global Commons?
This is an area where MP3 politics and Green politics intersect, so it is something that will draw people from many directions.