The Pirate Party’s efforts to obtain the legalization of file sharing have been shaped now into a manifesto
The UK branch of the party was formed in 2009 and now hopes go for at least two candidates to be fielded in this summer’s General Election. Their Swedish colleagues managed to obtain an important victory last year by winning two seats EU elections.
At the core of the UK manifesto lies the conviction that copyright law is now compromised and “biased” due to the money at play here and pressure exerted by the lobbying groups.
From the manifesto:
“Currently copyright carries on for more than 70 years after the author of a work dies. We believe… 10 years of copyright protection is long enough.Shorter copyright will encourage artists to keep on creating new work, will allow new art forms… and will stop big businesses from constantly reselling content we have already paid for.”
Since the Government’s Digital Economy Bill had everyone choosing sides through its (anti) file sharing stipulations, the Pirate Party believes non-commercial file sharing ( which the party sees as free advertising ‘essential for less well-known artists’) should be made legal.
“Shorter copyright will encourage artists to keep on creating new work… and will stop big businesses from constantly reselling content we have already paid for”.
“Our ten year copyright length will include a renewal after five years (allowing works that the creator is no longer interested in to fall into the public domain after five years),” the manifesto goes on saying, pointing out the need to shift laws in favor of the consumer by legalizing the format shifting (music transferred from a CD to an iPod, for example)
Another request from the party is an explanatory warning label that should be placed on any products containing DRM, as to inform the public on the “defects” inherent in the products.
All we can say is that we certainly do hope such righteous claims will receive a fair analysis by people unaffected by any type of high-placed pressure.