22nd March 2010 20:55
Pirate Party UK announces General Election Manifesto
Today, the Pirate Party UK is pleased to announce its 2010 General Election Manifesto.
The Pirate Party is a new type of political party.
A party that talks about issues the other parties ignore.
A party free from corruption and expenses scandals, free from lobbyists and party whips.
A party that is not left wing or right wing.
A party that admits it doesn't always have all the answers, and is willing to listen.
A party that wants to give you more rights not burden you with any more taxes.
We will give the public the following new rights:
- The right to share files provided no money changes hands.
- The right to format shift and time shift data.
- The right of access to government funded data.
- The right to compensation for government data loss.
- The right to safely encrypt private data.
- The right to apply to a court for compensation where data protection laws have been broken.
- The right for constituents to force a by-election.
- The right to pay only for the fraction of the claimed broadband speed that an ISP actually delivers.
- The right to be a whistleblower.
- The right for photographers and filmmakers to go about their business without persecution under anti-terror laws.
- The right for disabled people to demand an unrestricted version of DRM protected content where that is necessary to allow them to access it.
We will reform outdated laws:
- We will abolish drug patents, replacing them with subsidies.
- We will reduce the length of copyright to 10 years.
- We will provide exemptions to patent law for non-commercial use, personal study and academic research.
- We will introduce system of compulsory patent licensing.
- We will reform libel law.
- We will prohibit the abuse of RIPA powers.
- We will remove loopholes in copyright and patent law.
We will protect the public from abuses of new technology:
- We will forbid third parties from intercepting or monitoring communication traffic.
- We will introduce a mandatory warning label on products that include DRM.
- We will introduce laws on the acceptable use of CCTV and DNA samples.
- We will legislate in favour of net neutrality.
- We will introduce stronger data protection laws.
- We will not allow government censorship of the internet.
- We will put into action the government's Open Source Action Plan.
- We will require the BBC to release all their content under a Creative Commons licence.
- We will prevent the BBC from using DRM technology.
- We will ensure better computing education in schools.