Ctrl C + Ctrl V — 5th Largest EU Group Adopts Pirate Perspective

In an extremely promising development, and a huge victory[1] for the Pirate Party movement, an entire EU Parliamentary group has adopted Pirate principles. The Greens/European Free Alliance, of which Christian Engström, Piratpartiet’s MEP is a member, has listened to the reason of the Pirate movement and adopted the Pirate Party’s approach to copyright. I think there is issues with some of it,[2] but it is hugely positive.

Summarised by Rick, the Greens/EFA now hold as policy:

— It must be made absolutely clear that the copyright monopoly does not extend to what an ordinary person can do with ordinary equipment in their home and spare time; it regulates commercial, intent-to-profit activity only. Specifically, file sharing is always legal.

— There must be exceptions that make it legal to create mashups and remixes. Quotation rights, like those that exist for text, must be extended to sound and video.

— Digital Restrictions Management should preferably be outlawed, as it is a type of fraud nullifying consumer and citizen rights, but at least, it must always be legal to circumvent.

— The baseline commercial copyright monopoly is shortened to a reasonable five years from publication, extendable to twenty years through registration of the work.

— The public domain must be strengthened.

This is something we’ve always said was part of our goals. To make other parties think about our position, and as Rick says, this is delivery. This is something the Green movement around the world will now be forced to look at, and consider.

Will the Australian Greens consider? You betcha. They already are. As a movement in its infancy, that we are already forcing reactions from political organisations that have now been around for almost 30-40 years is amazing, and as individual parties develop, we are seeing what the possibilities are, and how we can differentiate the movement from any other.[3]

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