We want to keep copyright for commercial purposes, but we want to set all non-commercial copying and use free, schreiben Christian Engström (Member of the European Parlament) und Rick Falkvinge in ihrem Buch The Case for Copyright Reform. Das Buch ist frei zugänglich und unter eine CC0-Lizenz (Copyleft) veröffentlicht.
Auszug aus dem Buch:
The Pirate Party does not want to abolish copyright; we want to
reform it. We want to keep copyright for commercial purposes, but
we want to set all non-commercial copying and use free.
This reform is urgent, as the attempts to enforce today’s ban
on non-commercial sharing of culture between private citizens are
threatening fundamental rights, such as the right to private communication,
freedom of information, and even the right to due process.
File sharing is when two private individuals send ones and zeros
to each other. The only way to even try to limit file sharing, is to introduce
surveillance of everybody’s private communication. There
is no way to separate private messages from copyrighted material
without opening the messages and checking the contents. Gone is
the postal secret, the right to communicate in private with your
lawyer or your web-cam flirt, or your whistle-blower protection if
you want to give a sensitive story to a journalist.
We are not prepared to give up our fundamental rights to enforce
today’s copyright. The right to privacy is more important than
the right of big media companies to continue to make money in the
same way as before, because the latter right does not even exist.
Today’s copyright also prevents or restricts many new and exciting
cultural expressions. Sampled music on MySpace, remixes on
YouTube, or why not a Wikipedia filled with lots of pictures and
music in the articles? Copyright legislation says no.
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