The Lutsu manifesto

(This page is the current working draft of our manifesto. It is not definitive, nobody has signed it so far. We are open to suggestions and eventually adapt the text accordingly.)

We want a world where published content may be used and shared by everyone instead of being legally considered a “private property” for which the “owner” decides 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 want to abolish copyright as a whole. We want to abolish a part of it and enforce the other part. Laws about what is commonly called “copyright” are about two very different components:

  • Some copyright laws give the author a right to control how others use his work. We want to abolish these.
  • On the other hand there are laws that protect the author’s right to get acknowledged and honoured as the creator of their work. We want to maintain and extend these.

Publishing content should be considered an act of public interest. Content producers should 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 change is fundamental and that transition from the current situation cannot be easy: existing copyright holders need to negotiate with their investors, laws must get reviewed, enterprises must review their established methods of generating income, …

Despite these challenges we believe 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.

We suggest the following roadmap:

  1. realize the principal necessity of this change in direction
  2. carefully develop plans how to change our direction
  3. actively start redesigning our law systems accordingly

We ask politicians, public deciders, experts to join our movement in order to start thinking together.