No more attacks on file sharing culture and technologies pledge
  • Petitioned Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group

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No more attacks on file sharing culture and technologies pledge

    1. Scott Larson
    2. Petition by

      Scott Larson

      Santa Rosa, CA

The initial intention of copyright law was to grant (for a limited time, rarely exceeding 14 years) an exclusive right to an author to copy, distribute and adapt a work of art. Once that time is up the work falls into the public domain so that we can benifit from that work.

Today copyright has been turned on its head by the creation of industries who's sole purpose is to accumulate property rights and profit off of work that belongs in the hands of the public with out any responsibility to whom these works are created for in the first place. They have lobbied for longer copyright terms that now extend copyright to 70 years after the life of the author. On top of that they want to shut us out of policy decisions that are designed to make every person who shares music, films and other forms of media criminals. They harass Internet Service Providers, the ones that are only suppose to provide communication service (like the phone service) into spying on our communications looking for unauthorized behavior like it's 1984.

At some point you have to ask yourself; why am I supporting industrie's that want to make my internet activity a crime when I know sharing and remixing for personal use is not wrong?

We have a right to live free from excessive restrictions and to build off of each others ideas without front organizations like the MPAA and the RIAA from getting in the way.

We demand an end to any action that restricts file sharing and remixing for personal, non-commercial use. Whether it's though governments, it's legal systems, or bulling through political and economical pressure.

I pledge that until this happens, I will never purchase another product from any group that supports counter-productive attacks on file sharing and remix culture. You can argue the merits of property theft all you want, at the end of the day we all benefit by sharing ideas, art and culture, while compensation is a byproduct of that process. Content industries and governments have no business locking down property rights that extend way beyond the original intentions of copyright.

The bigger picture of this fight has to do with more with our evolution as a species then it has to do with property rights in the digital age. Arguing about rights tends to break us apart then to bring us together. We need to find ways to work together, not create laws that separate us based on ideologies.

1 Million signatures shows that enough people care enough about this issue to make a stand and it will send a message to interested parties that we will not stand by and let our culture be taken from us.

You cannot serve two masters: purchasing products from corrupt corporations who use governments to force us to accept their control over our lives while the same time complaining about the corruption itself, you must take concise, deliberate, and sustained action. This petition is a start in that direction.

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    1. The Case for Copyright Reform

      Scott Larson
      Petition Organizer

      Legalized file sharing, shorter protection times for the commercial copyright monopoly, free sampling and a ban on DRM.
      These are the main points of the proposal for copyright reform that the Pirate Party is advocating and which the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament adopted as its group position in September 2011.
      This is a constructive alternative to the controversial ACTA agreement and to the criminalization of the entire generation of youths. This booklet explains why such a reform is both necessary and sustainable and will benefit both citizens and artists.
      Download the book and get acquainted with the information. Its something this petition platform was built on.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. What a petition does.

      Scott Larson
      Petition Organizer

      A petition can't change the world by itself. What it can do is help us realize that: A) we are not alone, B) help us organize and improve our effort by putting together like minded people, C) let interested parties know that we mean business. If you know anyone that has an interest in protecting the file sharing and remix culture for personal use and wants to do something about it, send them to this petition. Once we get a good amount of people on board willing to devote some time to make our voice heard, we can take this message to the people that need to hear it using in other forms of communication.

      You can't stop a good thing from flowing when we are all working together to change the game which, right now is being controlled by interests that are not in-line with our own. We are not slaves on a plantation and we will not be told what to do by people who haven't grown up and don't know what it means to be part of something greater than themselves.

    4. Reached 25 signatures

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    • daniela borquez ORLANDO, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      culture

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    • Danielle Janiszewski FLEMINGTON, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      These laws against internet freedoms and net nuetrality are attacking the very foundation of of current culture. Without the ability to share information on the internet to each other by our own free will we are losing what makes us strong and intelligent and sending all people back before the internet revolution into a time much like a informational dark age, where we only relied on the government to tell us what is going on in the outside world. This is wrong, and many people will not stand by the greedy, power hungry actions taken by some to squeeze more money out of our people.

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    • Edwin Nicholas THREE OAKS, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      Copyrights are just overboard now. They need a reform, not a crackdown. Have you seen some of the things we are not allowed to do? Taking a movie to a friends house and playing it there, is a copyright violation, ripping a cd you own is a copyright violation. Playing a CD at a party, is a copyright violation. This needs to stop.

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    • Dawn Wood TULAROSA, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop being such busybodies in our lives and start working on REAL problems

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    • Dan Beale ROTHWELL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      fucking joke, the president or prime minister or someone need to stand up to these companies and tell them to fucking do one.

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