Make Piracy Obsolete: ThePayright System
Primary Author: Erik Zoltán, Massachusetts Pirate PartyContributing Editor: Zacqary Adam Green, New York Pirate Party
This document contains a specific policy proposal designed to address the concerns of the Pirate Party regarding copyright, patent and trademark law. At the same time, it is designedto address the concerns of inventors, artists, musicians, filmmakers and businesses regardingthe Pirate Party's ideas about open culture. My goal here is to show how we will end piracyforever by making it obsolete - we will ensure that creators and inventors are paid for the freeand open exchange of their work and inventions. This will not prevent downloading, nor will itimpose fees - it is a comprehensive way to allow open culture and ensure that the creators arepaid for their work.In brief, the concept is to create an open culture where inventions and works can beexchanged freely and without limitation, while also guaranteeing that innovators and contentcreators will be paid a fair price for their works and inventions. It provides an open frameworkwhere anyone can make money by selling anyone else's works and inventions, and yet at thesame time where the creator of those works or inventions will receive a kind of payment thatcompares very favorably with the sort of payment that they could expect today under the “closedculture” of intellectual property monopoly.The policy allows anyone to exchange works and inventions non-commercially for free,at the same time that it contains funding provisions which would guarantee that content creatorsand innovators would receive ample payment for non-commercial use of their work. (This maysound contradictory, because the conventional wisdom is that these two things can’t possiblycoexist.) At the end of this document I will discuss possible objections to this proposal, legalchallenges, privacy issues and how we plan to implement these ideas.
What’s in a Name?
Throughout the document I will use the term “creator” to describe artists, musicians,writers, filmmakers, software developers, businesses and others who create a work or whootherwise own the rights to it. I will use the term “inventor” to describe anyone who comes up