One of Die Piratenpartei’s political aims is a reform of Germany’s patent laws (keywords: “fewer monopolies and open markets”) and copyright legislation (keywords: “no copy restrictions and free use”, “fair balance between rights owners and the public”]. All rather progressive and controversial stuff -- that is, rather appealing to the young(ish) and free spirits of the Internet Age but downright scary for some rights owners and creators.
“As authors and artists, we follow the public attacks against copyright laws with concern and a lack of understanding. Copyright laws are a historical achievement of civic freedoms against feudal dependency, they grant the material basis for individual intellectual creation”.In a society based on the sharing of labour, artists have to trust publishers, galleries, producers or collecting societies with the marketing of their works, insofar as these look to and defend their interests. The new realities of the internet and digitalisation do not justify the profane theft of intellectual property nor require the legalisation of such theft. The open letter further demands a strengthening of copyright and IP laws and an adjustment of these laws according to the modern requirements of fast and mass access to such intellectual creations.