PIRATES support the promotion of software that can be used, analysed, disseminated and modified by anyone. Free/Libre Open Source Software is essential for users' control of their own technical systems and provides a significant contribution to strengthening the autonomy and privacy of all users.
Mandatory use of free software in public administration
PIRATES think citizens' data must be processed, managed and secured with free software tools wherever possible. Proprietary software may only be used as long as free software cannot effectively be used or created for that specific purpose.
Free software reduces administrative costs, promotes local technical support and increases the ability to identify malicious code. We will drive the migration of the public sector to free software so that there is no longer a dependency on specific suppliers.
Free culture is an important resource for the education and creativity of society. PIRATES strive to promote artistic activity and cultural diversity to ensure a rich educational and artistic environment for current and future generations.
Free Knowledge and Education
PIRATES believe that the free flow of knowledge and information is essential and must be promoted and guaranteed in education. Educational institutions should increasingly use learning resources available under free licenses where there are no restrictions on copying.
Technological progress creates new opportunities to share and develop knowledge and learning concepts internationally. To capitalise on these opportunities, we are committed to the development and support of free and open educational materials.
The availability of educational media under free licenses to all is essential for barrier-free access to education, both within and beyond the borders of the EU.
PIRATES see innovation as the key to the development of our cultural and intellectual wealth. We support educating citizens and students about their right to information and about free formats and software in all types of educational facilities.
PIRATES support the digitisation and publication of documents stored in public libraries and archives across the EU.
Promotion of the Commons
PIRATES will work towards adopting provisions in trade agreements which support the use and development of open formats and Free/Libre Open Source Software and promote the mutual recognition of licence models like Creative Commons.