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The National Executive Committee is currently editing this document, prior to putting the policies to a vote of the membership. Therefore we ask that other members not edit this document while we are completing this process. -- Cabalamat 20:43, 21 February 2010 (UTC)

  • Update: this has now been edited and we will be putting forward for member vote, once we get input from the technical team of how we can implement the questionnaire/vote needed. Further discussion on the talk page, forums, or wherever is still welcome of course! --JohnB 22:37, 22 February 2010 (UTC)

As discussed here, this is an attempt at compiling the manifesto template found here into something easy for members to discuss and add to. Please use the discussion page for commenting; in particular, thoughts on specific points or sub-points, missing items, extra or impractical items, or any additional detail. - Duke

Current documents are draft copies yet to be ratified by the party though a vote and finalised by party members.
The articles on this wiki may not represent the official views of the Pirate Party of the United Kingdom.

Pirate Party UK Manifesto

The Pirate Party has three core policies;

0.1 - The Pirate Party does not endorse extremist views of any kind; cultural, political, economical, or otherwise.
0.2 - The Pirate Party fully supports democratic values including those of tolerance, respect, and freedom.
0.3 - The Pirate Party understands that changes brought about by recent technology, and the Internet in particular, demand that we rethink how we deal with certain political issues -- both in order to better adjust ourselves to the new realities and to protect cherished freedoms which are now being challenged.


Copyright and Patent Policies

Copyright to apply to commercial exploitation only.

Copyright will not apply to private individuals who copy or share, without receiving any payment. This means that:

  • Format-shifting and time-shifting for personal use will be legal
  • Non-profit copying for friends and family, and on reciprocal P2P networks will be legal

Explicitly selling copyrighted material, or counterfeiting, where money is directly paid to the supplier of the media, will remain illegal. Note that simply indexing and linking otherwise legal actions under the above exemption will also be legal (no "secondary infringement" or "contributory infringement").

Options for voting: yes/no

We want all copyright durations to be reduced to a fairer length.

  • Copyright to be reduced to 5 years for all materials with an optional 5-year extension at the creator's discretion.
  • Copyright duration to be reduced to 5 years for software released without source code.
  • Copyright duration to be reduced to 10 years for software released with source code.

Options for voting: (a) as above, (b) fixed 10 year term, (c) fixed 10 year term except for software where source isn't supplied where copyright will be 5 years

We want a 'government health warning' on products containing DRM technology.

  • "Digital Restrictions Management" is a set of technologies employed by content distributors which aims to limit access, copying and format conversion of media by end-users.
    • We may need a bit about copy protection, which is different according to Wikipedia.
    • We probably want some sort of logo (something like the bio-hazard logo maybe) that should be on the outside of the box and clearly visible at purchase.
    • What happens to DRM after the 5 or 10 year copyright expires? After that it should be legal to circumvent.
  • Any EULA that attempts to circumvent this would be voided.

Options for voting: (a) a “government health warning” on products containing DRM, or (b) a ban on products containing DRM as unfit for sale in the UK, or (c) no health warning

On circumvention, options for voting: (a) always legal to circumvent DRM, or (b) only legal to circumvent DRM when the underlying data is out of copyright or where the unlocking company/mechanism no longer unlocks the data

There should be no additional period of copyright protection for format changes

  • This would stop photographers claiming copyright over public domain paintings by simply reproducing them, or movie studios claiming new copyrights on old films transferred to DVD.

Options for voting: yes/no

We think there should be no blank media taxes.

  • Some countries have established a tax on all blank media sold, which is preemptively paid to copyright holders for any content that may be copied on the media.
  • We want to prevent similar legislation from being instated in the UK.

Options for voting: yes/no

Where patents don't promote innovation, or actively prevent it, we'll scrap them

We will not allow patents on software, or on methods and concepts which can be expressed without any physical implementation, such as methods of doing business, or on colours or smells.

Options for voting: yes/no

All patents will require a working model, which will be inspectable by the patent office and anyone wishing to implement the patent. The patent will contain the full industrial drawings of the working example, and all other information that would be useful to anyone wishing to replicate it.

Options for voting: yes/no

We will require patents to be compulsorily licensed at some fixed proportion of the selling price of a product containing them, if the two companies cannot come to an agreement between themselves. In this way, a company wouldn't be able to prevent a competitor from selling a (perhaps better) product, but would receive revenue from them.

Options for voting: yes/no

Patents will be subject to invalidation if they are "obvious to practitioners in the art", or if they are intentionally written to obscure or obfuscate information. This is how patents are supposed to work, and we'll make them in fact work this way. We want to create a better system for challenging bad patents.

Options for voting: yes/no

We will exempt activities such as non-commercial use, personal study, and academic research, from restriction by patents, so these can never be infringing. "Non-commercial use" would include non-commercial distribution of blueprints for hardware devices, including ones that can directly create the device (such as 3D printers). Similarly, we will exempt activities undertaken to make one product to interface and work satisfactorily with another product from being considered as infringement.

Options for voting: yes/no

Pharmaceutical patents and the system for funding research and drugs will be fundamentally reformed needs separate section on Pharma patents and research funding

Options for voting:

  • (a) Abolish drug patents with no replacement funding
  • (b) Adopt Swedish PP policy: Abolish drug patents with replacement government research funding equal to 20% of the current spend on patented drugs. (an increase of 15% on the revenue that major drug companies currently spend on research)
  • (c) Abolish drug patents with replacement government research funding equal to 100% of the current spend on patented drugs, to exactly replace the lost revenue from patent abolition, beneficiaries to be decided by NICE in the same way the current system of buying patented drugs works.
  • (d) Abolish drug patents and spend 100% of the savings on government funded research (i.e. nationalise drug research)

We feel that everything funded by the taxpayer should be made available to the public under a Creative Commons or similar licence, or public domain

  • Exemptions would be if it would compromise national security or privacy.
  • Public data such as the post code database and Ordnance Survey mapping information should be put in the public domain and be free for all to use.
  • All data generated by the government should be made available in open formats wherever possible.

Options for voting: yes/no

All the BBC's output will be available online under a Creative Commons or similar licence.

  • All material produced by the BBC will be available online at no additional cost.
  • The BBC charter will be amended to prevent them using DRM.

Options for voting: yes/no

We feel that large, national events shall continue to be accessible via terrestrial broadcast services.

  • National sport events, concerts and public celebrations should not be broadcast exclusively on subscription services.

Options for voting: yes/no

We want the Government to switch to open source software where practical.

Options for voting: yes/no

Privacy Policies

We believe privacy of the individual should be sought at all times

  • Privacy should be considered the default in any situation and not violated apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Options for voting: yes/no

We feel citizens should have the right to private and confidential communication;

  • Third parties (for example ISPs) should be forbidden from intercepting or monitoring communication traffic (i.e. telephone calls, post, internet traffic, emails).
  • Authorities (such as the police) should only be able to monitor traffic with a specific warrant.
  • There should be no restrictions on the use of encryption, Tor, VPNs or similar methods of protecting individual privacy.

Options for voting: yes/no

We strongly oppose compulsory ID cards

Options for voting: yes/no

The proposed National Identity Register

  • the National Identity Register should only contain 'trivial' information
  • Any additional data required should be included in separate or sub-databases accessible only by the relevant departments (e.g. NHS, DVLA, HMRC) with no cross-referencing apart from with judicial oversight.
  • Any data must not be sold or given to any third party, or used for unofficial reasons (with strict penalties).

Options for voting: (a) agree with the above, (b) there shall be no national identity register

We want stronger data protection laws

  • There should be clearer information for the public on the current laws.
  • There should be a required level of security (such as passwords or encryption) for all data the laws cover.
  • Data collection and retention policies should be clearly laid out (not just with legally complicated agreements); these should include how any data may or will be used.
  • There should be tougher penalties, on the individuals and companies concerned, for any breaches of data protection laws (particularly for multiple or commercial breaches and for loss of large amounts of data).

Options for voting: yes/no

  • If someone has lost out due to a breach of information, they should have the right to go to court to get compensation.

Options for voting: yes/no

We want a full review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

  • This should include looking into examples (both so far and possible ones) of inappropriate use of the powers.
  • Strong rules should be laid out for the use of such powers, and there should be criminal liability for going beyond those rules
  • Searches of personal property should only be done with reasonable suspicion of a serious, criminal offence.
  • Any non-trivial, targeted surveillance should require a warrant.

Options for voting: yes/no

We want clear laws on acceptable use of CCTV

  • There should be a database, maintained by the ICO, listing the location and number of cameras, and the contact details for the relevant data controller.
  • There should be clear laws on how individual cameras or camera systems should be made visible.

Options for voting: yes/no

We want clearer guidelines and restrictions on the use of DNA records by authorities

  • Samples and data taken from them shall be destroyed if the individual is acquitted or not charged with a criminal offence.
  • Samples shall only held for the length of time where there is a reasonable suspicion that the suspect has committed a crime
  • If someone has been convicted of a less serious offence, then after a period of time, their information will be removed from the DNA database (we will follow the European law on this; need to check what the actual provisions are)
  • Samples should only be taken voluntarily or when there are reasonable grounds to suspect the individual of having committed a serious offence.

Options for voting: yes/no

  • Physical samples taken should be destroyed as soon as they have been catalogued.

Options for voting: yes/no

We want increased government transparency and accountability

  • We feel there should be a procedure for constituents to force a by-election in the event of a loss of confidence in their MP.

Options for voting: yes/no

  • Minutes of all meetings of officials on government business should be subject to access through freedom of information requests

Options for voting: yes/no

  • Any international treaties should be passed through the UK parliament as a standard bill, requiring the full approval of both houses.

Options for voting: yes/no

  • All available information that could be released through a freedom of information request should be made public by default

Options for voting: yes/no

  • MPs should be held to a higher standard of accountability than unelected citizens. To prevent abuses of their position, such as the redaction of expenses information, their right to privacy should be secondary to the public right to hold them to account for their actions.

Options for voting: yes/no

Freedom of Speech Policies

We believe that the Internet is instrumental to freedom of speech

  • We want net neutrality to be upheld and legally enforced.

Options for voting: yes/no

  • There should be no censorship apart from in exceptional circumstances such as military secrets or child pornography.

Options for voting: (a) There should be no censorship apart from in exceptional circumstances such as military secrets or child pornography, (b) There should be no censorship on the internet apart from in exceptional circumstances such as military secrets or child pornography (this option would leave film classification in cinemas etc intact)

  • There will be a universal service provision requirement of reliable and fast Internet access to be available for all UK residents

Options for voting: yes/no

  • We want to solve the problem of false or misleading advertising of internet speeds. People should only have to pay in proportion to the actual speed of connection they get, so if it is "up to 10 Mb/s for £20 a month" and people only get 5 Mb/s, they only have to pay £10.

Options for voting: yes/no

We will encourage citizens of all nations to communicate freely, share their culture, and maintain their right to privacy

Options for voting:

(a) no policy in this area

(b) The UK should have as a foreign policy objective the ability of all people to freely communicate, and will encourage the worldwide spread of free speech on the internet, to uphold human rights.

(c) The UK should have as a foreign policy objective the ability of all people to freely communicate, and will encourage the worldwide spread of free speech on the internet, and we will encourage technologies to enable this, including encryption and anonymisation technologies.


  • PPUK recognises the value to society of whistleblowers (for example the Wikileaks site), and will defend the right of citizens to expose illegal practices in the workplace and elsewhere. This right should take precedence over contract law and copyright law, etc.

Options for voting: yes/no

Photography in public places

  • The right to photograph events and buildings in public is important to prevent our society becoming a police state. We will enshrine in law the rights of photographers and filmmakers to go about their business without persecution under anti-terror laws.

Options for voting: yes/no

We will encourage libraries and museums to digitise their content

  • Libraries and museums should be encouraged to digitise their content, and make it available online wherever possible
  • This applies especially to unique items (for example if a library has the only copy of a book)

Options for voting: yes/no

We want better computing education in schools

  • We will encourage the adoption of open source software in schools, so that children won't be reliant in the future on buying a software package from any particular company.

Options for voting: yes/no

  • Computing education will emphasize understanding computers and how they work, including programming for those pupils with an interest or aptitude for it.

Options for voting: yes/no

  • Lessons for pupils will address the safe use of the internet.

Options for voting: yes/no

UK libel law should not be used to smother free speech

Options for voting: yes/no

We want to promote the inclusion of accessibility features, subtitles, audio descriptions etc for the disabled

  • We will clarify the current legal position on accessibility with respect to broadcast material, websites, and material available on the internet.
  • Where the public sector produces material, it will be as far as reasonably possible, accessible for disabled people.
  • We recognise that it would be impractical to require, for example, anyone uploading a video to YouTube to be required to subtitle it

Options for voting: yes/no

  • Where content is protected by DRM, the supplier will be required to supply a DRM-free copy if it is necessary to do so to facilitate its use by disabled people; e.g. to allow an e-book to be output to an audio reader. (NB: if the Party votes to outlaw DRM, this policy will not be applicable).

Options for voting: yes/no

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