from the party's 2015 election platform (since I highly doubt the media will). Ok, lets
get this over with.
What's with the attitude? Well, the Pirate Party of Canada is hopelessly typecast. If
people are aware of the Pirate Party they already know it opposes intellectual property
law but absolutely nothing else about it. So covering this aspect of the party's platform
both potentially feeds the public's erroneous perception of the party as being 'single
issue' and completely necessary if its economic outlook is to be understood.
But enough rambling.
"We will shorten copyright terms from the current length of the author's lifetime +50 years to a more economically justifiable length of 10 years from the date of publication.
Copyright owners will be granted the ability to commit their works to the public domain permanently at any time."
that leads to their re-establishment. So the party has made shortening copyright terms to 10 years the first target to aim for. Most members feel the abolishment of copyright (and patents) should be the ultimate aim. For more information
on why intellectual property is harmful check out Against Intellectual Monopoly by Prof.s Boldrin and Levine.
"We will establish a system of automatic licences for copyright and patents. Innovators will be able to pay a flat fee for the right to use works of intellectual property held by another. This is similar to the provisions made for ‘cover songs’ in the music industry. As the intellectual property holders will not be able to reject an automatic licence request we will set the royalties received from sales of products using their intellectual property at a level above the market rate as a means of compensation. License fees for intellectual property whose owner is not known (known as ‘orphaned works’ in copyright) will be paid to the government. The government will hold onto the payment until the intellectual property holder is identified."
intellectual property streamlined innovation is increased and sped up. The automatic licence is of particular use to
inventors who lack the business knowledge to market/produce their invention. These licenses would also greatly reduce
the barrier to entry present in certain industries (tech companies for instance).
"All government copyright (“crown copyright”) will be released under a Creative Commons Non-commercial licence."
to use these works. The United States commits every federal government publication to the public domain with no
harm to anyone.
"An artist has the right to have their work attributed to them when used by another where it is reasonable to do so unless this right is waived by the artist. An artist has the right not to be associated with beliefs they find offensive through third party use of their work. A third party may be required, at the request of the artist, to include a disclaimer dissociating the artist from the third party using their work. The moral rights of an artist last for the lifetime of an artist. These rights may not be transferred to another but they may be permanently renounced if the artist chooses to do so."
should be protected.
"We will seek to abolish the copyright levy"
as unfair as it ignores minor artists. Finally, the tax falls heavily on those who use blank media (the aforementioned minor
artists) and largely doesn't affect pirates.
Ok, done. Next time I start on the 90% of the platform I didn't cover today.