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Pirate Manifesto parties at a glance

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Contents

What

  • To be able to find out a common Manifesto, first we should know for sure what do we have in common.

When

  • Would be fine if this page were going to be completed during Uppsala weekend (28-29 June 2008), or just after Uppsala Conference

How

Categorizing

  • First of all, let's gonna find out in how many -and which- categories of ideologic contents are divided the manifestos/ideologies of the pirate parties
  • The goal is to find out a common set of categories of ideologic contents which help us to make a more compartmentalized, modular development of the Pirate Manifesto

Defining

  • After finding out the categories, it's also required to define their contents -what are those categories about-
  • The goal is to make easier to find common points and also disagreement points between pirate parties.
    • common points will be automatically included in the Pirate Manifesto.
    • disagreements will require debate
      • some of them will be discarded if no further agreement is reached -i.e., each pirate party in its national scope will be allowed to defend such stance, though it won't be included as PPI stance-
      • the rest may be replaced by an alternative stance, based on an abstraction of the differing stances

exempli gratia

  • Spanish section may be used as an example of how to describe each pirate party's ideologic categories & contents
  • German and Austrian representatives already sent via mail a briefing of their stances, though as it was summarized and not categorized -also some of those stances may have become outdated-, feel free to introduce the info yourselves

Who

  • Sections for Sweden, United States, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, Poland, Spain and Russia are provided; if you're a brand new pirate party not included in the list and you're going to attend Uppsala please feel free to add yourself to the list
  • Spain is not going to attend Uppsala so no PIRATA representatives will participate in the debates that might have place; however, as the categories & contents have been completed, PIRATA stances will be taken in account
  • If Parti Pirate is not going to attend Uppsala -thus not participating (together with PIRATA) in the debates that might have place-, at least should complete the ideologic categories & contents to allow a broader view of PPI stances

Piratpartiet

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The Pirate Party of the United States

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Danish pirate party

The political program of the danish PP is the same as Principer 3.1 from the swedish PP, so we are very close.

Core issues

Personal integrity

We strongly support basic human rights, as defined in the european declaration of human rights.

Following the 9/11 event in the US, Europe has allowed itself to be swept along in a panic reaction to try to end all evil by increasing the level of surveillance and control over the entire population. We Europeans should know better. It is not twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and there are plenty of other horrific examples of surveillance-gone-wrong in Europe's modern history.

The arguments for each step on the road to the surveillance state may sound ever so convincing. But we Europeans know from experience where that road leads, and it is not somewhere we want to go.

We must pull the emergency brake on the runaway train towards a society we do not want. Terrorists may attack the open society, but only governments can abolish it. The Pirate Party wants to prevent that from happening.

A democratic society needs a transparent state and non-transparent citizens. The citizens should be able to freely gather to formulate and express their opinions without fear of government surveillance. To expand this to an information society the right to anonymity in communication must be expanded. Therefore the secrecy of correspondence should encompass all digital communication.

Free culture

The official aim of the copyright system has always been to find a balance between the interests of publishers and consumers, in order to promote culture being created and spread. Today that balance has been completely lost, to a point where the copyright laws severely restrict the very thing they are supposed to promote. The Pirate Party wants to restore the balance in the copyright legislation.

All non-commercial copying and use should be completely free. File sharing and p2p networking should be encouraged rather than criminalized. Culture and knowledge are good things, that increase in value the more they are shared. The Internet could become the greatest public library ever created.

The monopoly for the copyright holder to exploit an aesthetic work commercially should be limited to five years after publication. Today's copyright terms are simply absurd. Nobody needs to make money seventy years after he is dead. No film studio or record company bases its investment decisions on the off-chance that the product would be of interest to anyone a hundred years in the future. The commercial life of cultural works is staggeringly short in today's world. If you haven't made your money back in the first one or two years, you never will. A five years copyright term for commercial use is more than enough. Non-commercial use should be free from day one.

We also want a complete ban on DRM technologies, and on contract clauses that aim to restrict the consumers' legal rights in this area. There is no point in restoring balance and reason to the legislation, if at the same time we continue to allow the big media companies to both write and enforce their own arbitrary laws.

Free information

Pharmaceutical patents kill people in third world countries every day. They hamper possibly life saving research by forcing scientists to lock up their findings pending patent application, instead of sharing them with the rest of the scientific community. The latest example of this is the bird flu virus, where not even the threat of a global pandemic can make research institutions forgo their chance to make a killing on patents.

The Pirate Party has a constructive and reasoned proposal for an alternative to pharmaceutical patents. It would not only solve these problems, but also give more money to pharmaceutical research, while still cutting public spending on medicines in half. This is something we would like to discuss on a European level.

Patents in other areas range from the morally repulsive (like patents on living organisms) through the seriously harmful (patents on software and business methods) to the merely pointless (patents in the mature manufacturing industries).

Europe has all to gain and nothing to lose by abolishing patents outright. If we lead, the rest of the world will eventually follow.

Non-core issues

For issues related to the core issues, we will take a stance if deemed necessary.

For matters not related to the core issues, we have no official stance. Individual members of the party will, however, be allowed to express opinions about non-core issues and even build personal campaign platforms around them, as long as they make it clear that these are their own opinions and not those of the party. So our support of free speech even includes party members campaigning. Elected party members are, however, encouraged to use non-core issues to pressure other parties to vote for our core issues.

Piratenpartei Deutschland

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Piratenpartei Österreichs

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Piratenpartij Nederland

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Parti Pirate

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Partia Piratów

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Partido Pirata

Categories & Contents

Core issues

Culture & Author's Rights
  • Culture is one of the goods that every citizen has right to access
  • Free cultural collective exchanges as a fair and efficient way of promoting culture, so non-lucrative free sharing of cultural works is encouraged
  • Rejection of the use of the intellectual property term; what are stated at the UDHR are the author's rights
  • Rejection of private copying levies -according to PPI's answer to EC Consultation on Private Copying Levies-
  • Defense of author's rights, thus rejecting a rights management model where authors are forced to transfer those rights to RMOs and editors under harmful conditions to their own interests
  • Bringing authors the right to choose between self-managing their own performance rights or choosing to work with one of several RMOs
Patents
  • No existence of software patents
  • For the rest of patent areas, a new patent model will be conceived, open to development and innovation, compatibilizing promotion and protection of innovating efforts with the explotation of previous knowledge, to enhance the technological evolution for the good of the society, avoiding private monopolies to arise from the patent system
Information Society
  • Make Internet as universal as nowadays radio or television are, and also to make every home, every business, every educational centre in Spain able to enjoy this information and culture universalization tool, without any kind of discrimination due to social, personal or geographic condition
  • Make neutrality of the Internet a compulsory requirement, and also that every present and future Internet services to be reachable and offered without restrictions nor discriminations between them
  • Make public administration use standard, non proprietary, free software, formats and documentation, not only in the search for the technological neutrality, but also to make public administration be able to guarantee safety and privacy of every single citizens' data managed by the public administration
Rights and Liberties
  • Make fight against crime and terrorism compliant with the rights and liberties recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, with strong attention to those related to presumption of innocence, privacy and freedom of speech
  • Make citizens have the same rights and freedoms inside and outside the Internet
  • Condemn the use of violence applied to make political claims outside democratic paths, thus only accepting to negotiate claims made within the rule of the law, even when such claims aim to change that law
  • Condemn any attempt against anyone's life and integrity, and will condemn any attempt of excluding and prosecuting people because of their ideologies, faith or beliefs, nationality, race, gender or sexual preferences

Non-core issues

  • For non-core issues, by default, the members of the Institutional Groups -i.e., MPs- will abstain in any voting
  • In order to decide in which cases there will be exceptions to that abstentionism, eligible voters for general elections will be given the right to decide through initiatives supported with signatures
    • initiatives must be supported by enough signatures
    • initiatives must be compliant with PIRATA core issues, including UDHR
    • consenssus is another requirement; if for a given subject two or more stances are proposed, if one of them has far more signatures than the rest it will be the chosen one; otherwise, PIRATA would mediate between the parts to make them easier to reach a common stance, which would be the chosen one
  • This submission to the citizens' will implies that PIRATA will not be part in any coalition government, nor will give inconditional support to any of the parties represented on the chambers of the different parliaments where PIRATA obtains paliamentary representation
    • If other parliamentary groups propose PIRATA a deal involving non-core issues, PIRATA would first release a consultation before deciding; if the former requirements are not met, abstention would be held
  • This support given by PIRATA to citizen's involving in politics is nonetheless totally against how Lisboa Treaty is being passed by the EU

Russian Pirate Party

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Piraattipuolue

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Securing democracy and citizen's rights

  • Guarantee consumer protection even in digital trade
  • Safeguard privacy and free speech
  • Privacy of correspondence must be just as secure online as offline
  • Improve democratic decision-making and openess within the European Union.

Freeing culture

  • Legalize all non-commercial copying
  • Shorten copyright protection to 5-10 years

Reforming the patent system and abolishing private monopolies

  • Abolish software and pharmaceutical patents, replacing the pharma patents with Piratpartiet's model.

Non-core issues

  • For possible matters related to, but not directly part of, the core issues, Piraattipuolue will take a stance if deemed necessary.
  • For instance, the Finnish Ministry of Traffic and Communications recently asked for opinions regarding a reallocation of radio frequencies, but they only gave a week to respond and neglected asking many of the communities who'd be influenced by such a decision. Piraattipuolue made a press release criticizing this and warning that such behavior damages citizens' trust in just rule.
  • For matters not related to the core issues, Piraattipuolue has no official stance, and the party will not say anything about e.g. economical issues beyond those related to copyright. Individual members of the party will, however, be allowed to express opinions about non-core issues and even build personal campaign platforms around them, for as long as they make it clear that these are their own opinions and not those of the party.

Analysis

Briefing

  • After analysing each pirate party stances, we are going to find common points and also disagreements in two different scopes:
    • Worldwide scope: for all pirate parties including Russian and American
    • EU scope: in order to make easier the campaign for the 2009 European Election

Common categories

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Common stances

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Disagreements

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    • comment the alternative stance through abstraction of differing ones, if any
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