The Case for Copyright Reform

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.

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Looking forward to read it.

Instead of "mobile-friendly" choose the ePub and open in iBooks. (M-F don´t format that well on iP.)

Right, choose ePub.

Cool Reader or FBReader for Android phones.

Cool Reader for Android tablets.



Word and ODT formats are not showing the graphs. I see a error message about QuickTime in Swedish.

is there any way you guys can make a torrent or a magnet link with all the formats of this book? i love to seed :)

Will read it today

Epub is not working for me, getting a page full of weird characters

I know I'll enjoy reading this and I presume I may pass it around. Love what you're doing.
Thanks, wally

Very nice, but where's the official torrent? Cmon guys, this ones obvious. Its the principle :)


Made one with all five versions and am seeding to get this started, perhaps someone could copy this magnet URI into the article. Yes, GLOBAL publishing of creative works is now as easy as this tiny magnet link, the future is awesome!

Could you please add a .mobi version? Thanks!

I certainly liked the way the information was presented, it was very readable and understandable. Reading the .odt format, I didn't have pictures but the links worked fine.

The arguments against a centralized public funding system for artists were a bit shallow (they probably weren't entirely necessary to begin with, but leaving out voting systems and the like makes the conversation less colorful) and the definition of "DRM" was a bit broad, but the rest took me as a reasonable stance on copyright.

I have no problem recommending this to anybody interested in understanding the pirate party or copyright law.


Hi fellows. I already commented about this in the Torrentfreak article, but I'll comment over here as well, just in case you're more likely to check these comments.

I've read the book and really love it - it's a very easy read, and it seems to be very substantive on the issues as well.

BUT you really should have proofread it before publishing. There are dozens of simple grammatical errors littered throughout. Thankfully, what you're saying is usually still understandable, the one exception being pg.69, the sentence "In 1999, 70% of the artists made less than 9% of their total income from record sales, and in 2009 this went down to 50%". Either "9%" should be "90%", or "50%" should be "5%", or "less" should be "more". Otherwise it looks like you're saying that record sales are increasing, which is obviously false.

"That criminals can evade wiretapping is a cheap price to pay for our rights: Tomorrow, we might be the ones who are considered criminals for subversion. "

Sorry, no - you're giving a way in for politicians to claim that you'd increase criminality. The reality is that that current laws actually suffice: there are ways to intercept WHEN THERE IS SUFFICIENT REASON. In addition, as the ability to intercept is not a right but a PRIVILEGE we grant to authorities to do their work, the use of such PRIVILEGE must be guarded against abuse. This is why mass-intercept is not acceptable - it removes the controls. Last but not least, the use of such PRIVILEGE must remain transparent. Removing it from judicial oversight (which is what CISPA is about) is *begging* for abuse (for instance, as cross-company espionage tool).

Would you permit a random stranger into your house to observe your kids? No? Then why would you permit this to be legalised?

This book describes exactly how I feel about the issue of copyright.

Will there be an HTML version available?

I've been reading through this position paper and it's absolutely brilliant. Great points being made on every page. I didn't know that copyright began as a censorship tool!

We need to disseminate this far and wide; get it into the hands (and PC) of every legislator and decision-maker in every corner of the globe, then hammer them repeatedly with requests to adopt these sensible, reasonable, and realistic proposals forthwith.

Plus one'd, liked, recommended, tweeted... let's send this viral!

Hey, I just finished the book and I think it's amazing. You express my same believes about share culture, indeed you have opened my eyes more than I thought.
I'm a chilean citizen living for a while in Australia. And I thankful the last reference to the repair bike man ofChile. I wasn't expect find an example using Chile.

Thanks, and I'm going to try to do my homework, sharing culture and teaching to others. :)

This is just marketing and re-branding for ACTA.

I'm currently working on a spanish translation of the book and I've already posted the translation of the first chapter as a comment, but it doesn't seem to be the right way to do it. It results in comments far too big which are aimed only at a small part of your audience.
May I hand over the texts to you? And if not, could you please check my comments and put them together in the form of a spanish version of the book?

Thanks in advance and above all thanks for the terrific work on this.

Here is my opinion on the copyright laws currently in place. To summarize patents and copyright must be thinked of in our current set of terms, when the time to market of a product/invention/patent is from few months to few years at most not a few lifetimes as the patent law suggests. Limiting the patent protection time to a few years is what is required to provide the needed change. Read more here

I wrote my comments on the TorrentFreak article about the book, so I won’t go into too much detail here. But simply put, I really love it and I think this sort of thing was badly needed. The best thing about it is that it’s very easy to read and presents strong arguments all in one place.

I might’ve also mentioned the Kickstarter/IndieGoGo model in the “how will artists make money” section, which is just exploding exponentially at the moment (I’d describe it as something like the existing grant system for science, but with a closer connection to the public). It’s not crucial to the book’s argument, though.

My main complaint is that there are numerous small grammatical errors that should’ve been easy to fix (one every couple pages on average) . Plus a very confusing sentence on pg.69 (the one with the 70% and 50% numbers).

Still, it’s far worse to be boring or unreadable than to be a bit messy with the proofreading…
copyright lawyer Washington

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