The Party of Open: Open Government, Open Culture, Open Innovation & People First

Our Issues

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Putting People Before Corporations

The Supreme Court and Congress have expanded the power of corporations for over a hundred years and made them more powerful than people. Whether it is the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that allows corporations to buy elections, or Congress’ cuts in corporate tax rates while raising payroll taxes, real people end up with the short end of the stick.  The Pirate Party will make sure our laws put people before corporations.

Opening up Government

In order for citizens to control their democratic destiny, we need to know what our government is doing and which special interests are influencing our public elected officials.  Increasingly government officials ignore open meeting laws, make deals favorable to corporations behind closed doors and sell off your 
public information to private interests.  Massachusetts laws prevent people from recording public officials in their duties, such as a police officer making an arrest, but the police cameras can record your actions without your permission.  The Pirate Party will make sure that our government is transparent and accountable to the people.

Defending Your Privacy

Whether it was the PATRIOT ACT, illegal NSA wiretapping or local surveillance cameras, our government has used 9/11 to increase its surveillance and control over us.  Corporations have increased their spying on employees in order to get more work out of them.  The arguments for each step on the road to a surveillance 
state may sound convincing, but that road leads to less control by people and more by government and corporate elites. Terrorists may attack the open society, but only governments can abolish it. The Pirate Party will prevent that from happening.

Promoting Culture & Knowledge Through Copyright Reform

The Founding Fathers created our copyright laws to promote knowledge & culture by giving the creator a limited monopoly over their creations.  Congress, under the influence of corporations, has extended the duration of that government granted monopoly to seventy years after the death of the creator.  Increasingly corporations have sought broader laws to ensure that they control and profit from more of our culture.  Through Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies they have locked down our culture, hindered sharing and criminalized their customers.

The Pirate Party will:

  • limit the copyright to five years for electronic media and fourteen years for tangible objects,
  • make sure that all non-commercial copying, sharing and remixing are legal and
  • ban DRM software.

There is no reason for copyright to continue until 70 years after death.

Everyone must have equal access to the internet, and the Pirate Party will foster network neutrality so that internet service providers cannot give preferential treatment to preferred web sites and we oppose three strikes laws that ban anyone from using the internet because of copyright violations.  The internet has the potential to be a new Library of Alexandria, if we don’t let corporations and government lock it down.

Fostering Innovation by Abolishing Patents

We seek the abolition of patents. The patent system stifles innovation by making it difficult to incorporate an existing invention into a new one. It discourages researchers from sharing their new ideas until after a patent application. It prevents hundreds of thousands of people in poor countries from receiving the drugs they need. Currently pharmaceutical companies spend only 15% of their revenue on new drug research. The remaining 85% is spent on activities such as marketing and profit taking. A reformed system would dramatically increase the money available for innovation, while removing the obstacles to innovation posed by the current patent system.

Affirming Individual Autonomy

Democracy can only be sustained when individuals are able to exercise autonomy over their own lives and bodies to assure their well-being and happiness, while respecting the autonomy of other individuals. We call for fully participatory political and social systems, vastly more equitable access to resources, and minimal intrusion by government, corporate and other private interests into the lives of individuals.

Positions on Other Issues

The scope of the Pirate Party was originally limited to a few core issues. However now the Massachusetts Pirate Party, in common with many other Pirate Parties, is drafting policies on a variety of different issues.  We need your help in deciding positions on every policy that matters to Massachusetts voters.

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31 Kommentare zu Our Issues

  1. Where does the party stand on 1) climate change, 2) our coastal erosion, and 3) RomneyCare?? Thanks! m

  2. We have not taken positions on those issues as we are concentrating on our core issues for now. We plan to writeup how our core positions relate to issues such as global warming and health care. While the two Swedish Pirate Party members in the European Parliament are members of The Greens/European Free Alliance grouping, our positions will depend on what our members choose them to be.

  3. Shepherd said on

    You can videotape without audio legally.

  4. This is the sort of absurd political party that could only arise in a deracinated, atomized cultural wasteland where college morons have no higher concern than to fight for their “right” to download someone else’s work without paying for it. Your party manages to be both anti-business and anti-social. It is to be expected that such a group set up here in the Commonwealth, which has little going for it besides MassResistance.

    I know you fellows aren’t on the ballot, yet, but if you were, let me tell you, the Somali pirates will get my vote before the Pirate Party does.

    • erixoltan said on

      Your comment shows that you’re not familiar with the details of our policies. We are pro-business and want to remove millions of monopolies from the US economy. We want creators to be paid for their work at the same time that we want an open culture where information can be freely shared. Sometimes those two things do come into conflict, so we’re working on specific policies to bridge that gap.

  5. PirateJ said on

    Without patents, medicine would be available at cost of production. This would be plus for most people. Patent holders who have monopolies on lifesaving medicine can literally name their asking price, and adjust it accordingly for wealthy buyers, such as governments. Patents=Monopolies and I’ve come to understand that monopolies to be bad for the users.

    AND without patents, there would be no incentive for disingenuous drug manufacturers to “update” their med right before their monopoly expires, and act known as “evergreening.”

  6. Shaun said on

    Hello, everything is going fine here and ofcourse every one is sharing information,
    that’s actually fine, keep up writing.

  7. Bobby James said on

    just an fyi, but i voted for you because of the thing on the door handle on the morning i went to vote.

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  13. Adam Friedman said on

    The “Glik” court decision enshrined the right for any person to film a police officer on the job (both video and audio) so long as the officer is made aware that they are being recorded. Read more here:

  14. Thanks, Adam. We are pretty happy with that decision.

  15. In light of the Panama Papers, Luxileaks reveals and the $2 plus trillion of annual illegal. illicit and corruption financial flow combined with the $1 plus trillion parked offshore by the top 50 corporations this is thievery of tax receipts and economic development. It could perhaps be a big point for the Pirate Party to issue a series of press releases addressing this issue.

    Can you imagine how much good and economic development could be driven by this level of funding each year and how much global instability could be decreased by ending these Panama Papers corruption policies?

    Any thoughts?

  16. Jaime, my dear. Might Pirate become the Party that actually even acknowledges the Disabled sub-minority? We are the most vulnerable citizenry and we are the first always to take hit after hit when cuts are made and the last to be funded. Perhaps you and i and MassADAPT need to chat?

    • From cuts to special education to copyright maximalists using copyright law to prevent people who are blind from accessing books, there is a lot more we need to do. Lets chat! I’ll email you.

  17. spcantwell said on

    Is there a official party position on the second amendment yet?

    • Short answer: No.

      Funny answer: We’re pirates, we like guns.

      Long answer: Personal ownership and use of firearms is in the Constitution and has been upheld by the Supreme Court. That isn’t going to change anytime soon.

      We have members who are gun owners. We have members who think the 2nd Amendment is a bulwark against a tyrannical government. We have members who point at Shay’s Rebellion and the Whisky Rebellion and note that personal gun ownership wasn’t effective against stopping an out of touch government even when the Founding Fathers were in charge.

      We also like evidence and facts and the truth is that the Federal government, while mandated to keep good statistics on gun use and gun deaths, does not do so. That needs to change if we are going craft policy that maintains the people’s right to own guns while also reducing gun deaths, over half of which are due to suicides.

      We also like due process and do not support banning people from exercising their right to own firearms because a bureaucrat put their name on a secret and unaccountable terrorist watch list. People have the right to travel, and we oppose the no fly list for the same reason.

      We don’t think people should be denied their right to own firearms because of the single decision of a city or town police chief or even the Massachusetts Attorney General. That isn’t democracy.

      If you are interested in helping us craft a position on the 2nd Amendment, drop us an email at

  18. Damien McLeod said on

    South Florida have a Pirate Party chapter? I live on Key Largo.

  19. Steve R said on

    There seems to be a Florida pirate party:

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  23. Brent Fisher said on

    This universe has exactly one rule no amount of nuclear warfare, scientific advancement, or brainwashing cannot repeal. That rule is “There is no freedom in the presence of rules.” OK–What is cold? Cold is not a thing. Cold is an area of reduced heat energy. When you move heat energy away from an area to an area where it doesn’t matter as much you have air conditioning. The only true freedom is a box with no rules in it…a lawless vacuum of rules. Just like it is very hard to approach the absolute zero temperature it is hard to approach true freedom. Making a civilization more free with more laws is like fixing global warming by setting all the rainforests on fire.

  24. Will the party be taking a stand against SESTA/FOSTA, which has put the lives of sex workers in danger, as well as negatively impacting other groups? What about supporting sex workers rights, especially decriminalization of all aspects of consensual commercial sex?

  25. Desmond Ravenstone said on

    If you decide to take a pro-decrim position, I would be willing to help draft the language, as well as continue other work on the issue of sex workers’ rights

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