It appears that Europeans were too busy voting for neo-Nazis and Daily Mail pin-up candidates in the European elections to care about the internet.
The Pirate Party, which had been making gains as a political force, were suddenly given a trashing of the weekend.
Sweden's two Pirate Party European Members of Parliament have not been re-elected and their vote collapsed to 2.2 percent, down from 2009's 7.1 percent.
In Finland, where Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde sought a seat, the Party secured just 0.7 per cent of the vote.
The UK's three Pirate candidates appear to have collectively won fewer than 10,000 votes. In Germany they only picked up .4 percent.
The only place that the Pirates did well was in the Czech Republic where they polled 4.78 percent of the vote, but that was not enough to secure a seat.
What the Pirates should have done is blamed all the world's problems on Romanians and the EU and then it might have attracted more support.