The Uppsala Declaration
European Pirate Parties Declaration of a basic platform for the
European Parliamentary Election of 2009
Copyright is well out of touch with today’s cultural landscape. It has
evolved into an obstacle to creativity, particularly grass roots
creativity. We need at least these changes to copyright law:
- Copyright is commercial
Copyright only regulates commercial activity. (Local law usually
defines ”commercial activity” in sufficient detail.) Non-commercial
activity is never regulated by copyright law.
- Sharply reduced monopoly term
Copyright is a limited commercial monopoly that expires well within one
generation. The exact term is left to the local pirate party.
- No media or hardware levies
No levies to compensate for copying should be permitted – but we allow
for government scholarships or similar, which are not compensation.
This way, it’s obviously unilateral, and the copyright lobby doesn’t
have the implied right to accept or reject.
- Parliament writes copyright law, not the lobby
Technical measures that prevent consumers from using culture in ways
permitted by law, so-called DRM technologies, are outlawed.
- Derivative works always permitted
Instead of having derivative works normally prohibited except in
quite fuzzy fair use exceptions, under our copyright, derivative works
are always permitted (not covered by the original copyright), with
exceptions to this very specifically enumerated in law with minimal
room for interpretation (like ”direct translations of a book”).
The patent system of today has lost touch with its original intentions,
and has developed into something that is harmful to innovation and
economic progress in many areas.
Pharmaceutical patents raise many ethical concerns, not least in
relation to people in developing countries. They are also a driving
force behind increasing costs for publicly funded health care systems
in the member states.
We demand an initiative for a European study on the economic impact of
pharmaceutical patents, compared to other possible systems for
financing drug research, and on alternatives to the current system.
Patents on life (including patents on seeds and on genes) and software
patents should not be allowed.
EU and its member states should adhere to the highest standards of
democracy. Therefore such principles as transparent government, speedy
and fair trial and freedom of speech should always be respected. In
this day and age it is crucial to preserve the legal protection of
citizens from arbitrary exercise of authority. The EU has an important
role to play in
shining a light on violations against civil rights in member states.
A democratic society needs a transparent state and non-transparent
citizens. The citizens should be able to freely gather to formulate and
express their opinions without fear of government surveillance. To
expand this to an information society the right to anonymity in
communication must be expanded. Therefore the secrecy of correspondence
should encompass all digital communication.
It is the collective consensus of the gathered European Leaders that
with the scarce resources of a new founded contender party, those
resources must be focused on a well identified front bowling pin.
Statistical data states that election participation has been on a
continual down slope for the past decade and a half for first-time
voters, while at the same time, the core support for our issues are in
the 18-30 age range. This data is supported by membership demographics.
Therefore, the identified key catalyst target group is university
students. Previous experience from elections where Pirate Parties have
participated show that we are unusually strong at technical
universities; up to ten times the national average. We need to broaden
this scope to all universities. Universities are ideal in that they are
a concentrated recruiting ground with people who are generally
passionate about what they take part in.
Using Sweden as a template for numbers, assuming that these numbers are
similar across other European countries with Pirate Parties, there are
300k university students. 100k votes are needed to get into the
European Parliament. This means that we would need 33% of the votes of
the university students, which is not a realistic number. Therefore, we
must regard universities all across Europe as a recruiting ground for
activists and ambassadors, who recruit voters in their turn. For
example, there are another 125k 18-year-olds not yet in university, but
who usually have friends there. There are friends, relatives, and
In other words, the key is to supply political passion about the issues
to young people who would otherwise typically not vote at all, and
encourage them to become recruiting ambassadors in their turn. There is
no identified difference here between different political issues of
To accomplish this, we need to supply these ambassadors with
confidence, rhetoric and, where possible, political material to
distribute in turn. This is a logistical challenge that needs to be met
by each individual European Pirate Party.
In the European Parliament, it is the party groups that are the key to
getting influence. Once elected, we will discuss with the groups that
could be of interest, to determine which group is closest to us, and
join that group.
Inside the group, we will do our utmost to persuade the other members
of the group to join our position on the issues that fall within our
political platform. In return, we´ll listen to the advice of the group
on all other issues, and vote with the group unless we have some strong
reasons not to.
When we are approached by lobbyists and other parties on issues that
are outside the Pirate platform, we will refer them to the relevant
person in the group and encourage them to make their case to him. This
will allow us to focus on the issues that we really care about.
The decision making process in the EU is very complex, and in order to
keep on top of what is happening we will need the support of the
internet community. The Pirate movement is a grass roots movement that
builds on the involvement of many activists working together using
modern information technology. This way of working will be a strength
that we can
use to our benefit once elected.
While working with different issues in the EU, we will keep in mind the
principles that we think should be the guiding stars of the EU itself:
Decisions should be taken as close to the citizens as possible. The EU
should only handle issues that cannot be handled by the individual
member states themselves.
The decision making process in the EU today works in a way that makes
it very difficult for both media and ordinary citizens to follow what
is happening and take part in the debate. This has to be improved. We
need to work towards more transparency and openness.
The European Parliament is the only institution in Brussels that is
directly elected by the voters. The role of parliament should be
strengthened, so that power is moved out of the back rooms and into the