The Lutsu manifesto

We, the signers of this manifesto, declare that we want a world where published content may be used and shared by everyone. Published content should no longer be considered a “private property” for which the “owner” has a “right” to decide how it may be used or not. This includes publications formulated as text, picture, sound, movie or source code, and ranging from simple postings in an Internet forum to books, songs, movies, scientific reports, patents.

We do not call for criminal acts against existing laws. We call our governments to fundamentally change some of these laws.

The laws currently called “copyright” are about two very different rights. Some copyright laws protect the author’s right to get honoured (identified and acknowledged as the creator of their work). We want our governments to maintain and extend these laws. But some other copyright laws give the author a right to control how others use their work. We want our governments to abolish these laws.

We want a fundamental change in the way of how producers of digital content are being rewarded. Publishing content should be considered an act of public interest and rewarded as such. The current copyright is rather a lottery than a serious rewarding system. You may occasionally get famous and rich, but you need a big portion of good luck and a good manager.

There are several alternative ways to reward authors and publishers. For example they might be rewarded by a public content tax which should be distributed using a transparent and democratic system under public control.

We are aware that the transition won’t be easy because the change is fundamental. For example existing copyright holders must review their established methods of generating income, governments must review their laws,…

We believe despite these challenges that a transition is possible and necessary. We believe that this change is necessary because regulating the use and sharing of digitally published content has become a Sisyphean task causing absurd laws and requiring hordes of human resources in public administrations.

By signing this manifesto we declare that we do our best to realize the principal necessity of this fundamental change and to carefully develop transition plans. We ask the reader of this manifesto to join our movement in order to start thinking together.

Author and maintainer of this document: Luc Saffre <luc.saffre@gmail.com>

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