The Pirate’s Dozen: The Program That We Can Share
The Pirate’s Dozen was approved by the National Board on February 9, 2011 as a basic program document.
- Piracy means information openness
Rapid development of technologies brings on changes to which the contemporary, old structures fail to react. The out of control social consequences of the development of technologies have led to the establishment of Pirate parties. We have incorporated organically the means of the internet into our function. They make possible information openness, transparent accounts, and direct democracy. We will also use them for management and control of the state.
- Clear objective: The state must not abuse but rather utilize technology
The Pirate program for the information society solves the problems which the old structures are unable or unwilling to master. The governments of states must cease to misuse the new technology for spying on people and for maintenance of the old monopolies, and begin to use it for free access to information, better education, and more effective protection of privacy.
- People have the right to decide on the basis of information
Information made public is, in contrast to material things, easy to share, and its value lies precisely in the fact that it can be shared. That is why we reject artificial monopolies on information which the state, under the pressure from corporations, forces on the people. Open access to information enables people to make better decisions. By means of direct democracy they can likewise implement them.
- Information openness lowers cost, increases effectiveness and makes people’s lives easier
We want to make scientific articles, artworks, the laws, state regulations, and other works paid for from the public funds, accessible to all on the internet. Political parties, and other associations financed by public money, must have transparent accounts and accounting on the internet.
- We open the government and disclose information
The Pirates open the government to the public, and reveal all information which the public has the right to. The Pirates will end secret negotiations involving affairs of the state. The authorities are supposed to publish information comprehensively and in full on the internet, even when not requested by a citizen.
- The Internet is our sea
The governments had not been much interested in the development of the internet. That is why the internet has remained free. When the states see the power potential of the internet, they begin to, under various pretexts, limit its freedom. The Pirates will safeguard freedom of the internet, and will not allow disconnects from the internet, and blockages. A free internet will bring new jobs, economic development, and prosperity.
- The Internet knows no boundaries
We belong to the global Pirate movement. Our common endeavor to secure freedom of information stands above the left and right division in politics, and we reject discrimination based on race, nationality, sex, age, sexual orientation, or use of free software.
- Research and health instead of monopolies on drugs
Patents and other restrictions on medicines introduce artificial monopolies and make medicines more expensive, without stimulating innovation. We support research in new drugs for all, but also insist on availability of the traditional herb treatment. In place of pharmaceutical monopoly, we propose a free choice of the treatment method, and a bigger support of research.
- The public has a natural right to copy and share information
The natural right of the public to share information cannot be compared with the alleged right of the entertainment industry to abuse an obsolete business model. Under the rule of law, we cannot guarantee the incomes of a particular interest group by enacting a special law. Sharing of information is a fundamental human right, and it may be limited only if it will benefit the public by widening choice and availability.
- “Author rights' protection” is a propaganda term of the entertainment industry
The correct term is “the copyright monopoly”. The so-called copyright law protects publishers and producers, not authors and artists. To support new works and public access to information, we need to allow remixing and non-commercial copying immediately, and to shorten commercial copying monopoly to 5 to 10 years from the date of publication. The reality is clear: Sharing cannot be stopped.
- We will give Big Brother an eye patch—or better—two
Enforcement of the power monopoly involves incessant eavesdropping, storage of an incredible amount of communication, and breach of foreign telecommunication secrets. All information systems have to honor human privacy, and handle people’s personal data only with their consent. Instead of excuses claiming privacy in affairs of the state, politics has to focus on protection of privacy of the individual.
- Every Pirate is a broadcaster
Today’s Pirates are schools, universities, users of the internet, and artists singing their own songs. The Pirate Party stands behind its own community, forms common attitudes, and strives to implement them politically. Everybody has to have the right to share.