Rick Falkvinge (Swedish Pirate Party)

Tuesday 26/February 14:00

The copyright monopoly cannot coexist with fundamental civil liberties. That's the key message of Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, who was been recognized as one of the world's top 100 global thinkers, and was nominated in 2012 to TIME's list of the world's 100 most influential people. In this keynote, he will cover the history of copyright and show how it stands in direct conflict with values that we consider much more important than a commercial distribution monopoly for entertainment.


Rick Falkvinge is the founder of the first Pirate Party and a campaigner for next-generation civil liberties and sensible information policy. In particular, he stresses how the copyright industries work in collusion with Big Brother hawks to erode or eliminate the parts of Internet that guarantee our civil liberties.

On this platform, one of privacy and digital rights, his party became the largest in the below-30 demographic in the 2009 European Elections. When not making policy or exploring technical subjects in detail, Mr. Falkvinge can usually be seen cooking, sampling a scotch whisky, or riding a fast motorcycle.