Pirate Party gets its first MP

Earlier than I expected, the Pirate Party gets its first MP in a national parliament, as Joerg Tauss defects from the Social Democrats:

A lawmaker said Saturday that he is quitting the centre-left Social Democrats, one of Germany’s governing parties, in protest at its support for a block on Web sites carrying child pornography.

Joerg Tauss argued in a statement that the measure, which parliament approved this week, would serve not so much to combat child porn as to “set up a technical infrastructure of censorship.”

He offered his support to the small new Pirate Party, whose platform calls for Internet freedom, and said he would be willing to join the group.

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