The Ten most important points for copyright reform according to the German Pirate Party
n.b. This translation was not done to a professional level and is only meant to be informative. Also the German and EU laws are different to those applicable in New Zealand. However, this will give a reasonable account of the position taken by the German Pirates.
The original text can be found here http://www.piratenpartei.de/2012/05/21/die-zehn-wichtigsten-punkte-einer-urheberrechtsreform/
In light of the continuing debates about copyright the German Pirate Party would like to list ten concrete demands for this a reform of copyright law according to the agreed program. The copyright laws should be renewed through these changes and so be adapted to the requirements of the information society.
1. Shortening of the copyright term to 10 years after the death of the creator. The curreent copyright term(70 years after the death of the creator) are of use to and serve, primarily, the legal owners. The problem of the non-availability of many works is not leastly also based in this excessively long period, as many works are not rereleased or marketed anew but not released into the public domain.
2.We want to strengthen the rights of the creators over the legal owners. Thus, in the case of non-use the rights should return to the creators more quickly and the assignment of exclusive rights of use are limited to maximum of 25 years. Then at the end of the term these rights fall back to the creators.
3. Concerning public educational institutions, the use of works of any media should be free from copyright when acquired outside normal. Here, in addition, new commercial models should be developed on the basis of free licenses.
4. Up to date archiving of works in libraries must be permitted. These are to be available and guaranteed free for educational purposes.
5. The rights on private copy should be formulated and be established so that the production of "Remixes" and "Mashups" is easier. We want to abolish copy preventive measures and digital legal management (DRM).
6. We want more rights for creators compared with legal owners, for example a second utilization right or a temporal limitation of "Buy-Out" contracts (reform of the creator's law of contract).
7. The private, direct, non-commercial file-sharing and the passing on of works should become decriminalized. File-sharer are the better customers and the need to "try before buying" is an genuine need.
8. New commercial models: All models functioning up to now, as well as new possibilities like micropayment, crowdfunding and crowdivesting, however, also the option of the all-inclusive deliveries which are of benefit for the creator. All-inclusive deliveries must correspond to our concepts of data protection and the private sphere in the net. We want to guarantee a fair and adequate reimbursement for creators. Mutual trust is a factor here, nevertheless, it is an important component in the functioning and new distribution channels.
9. The current use of spamigation for copyright infringement by private individuals must be ended as well as the carrier's liability be abolished in favour of free WLAN nets.
10. The copyright laws must do justice to the requirements of the media-competent user of today and may not limit them in their creative needs.