Terms of use

We are a platform for social and political change. We are happy about our engaged users and we invite everybody to stand up for his or her concern - free expression is always welcome. To ensure that expressions do not harm others, we set up a few rules for using our platform.

  1. illegal petitions
    1. Petitions, which are not addressed to a specific person, juristical person(s), parlamentary bodies or to organisations in politics, science, society or to general public, will be ended.
    2. Petitions violating state law and basic democratic laws and values will be ended. Petitions questioning the constitution will be ended. Petitions violating the European Convention on Human Rights or international law will be ended.
    3. Petitions against court judgments are only admissible if further legal remedies are sought by normal legal process or if a legal regulation is demanded which would make a jurisprudence challenged by the petitions impossible for the future.
    4. Offensive, degrading and discriminatory petitions will be terminated and blocked. This includes but is not limited to insulting, degrading and discriminating against individuals or groups of individuals who are grouped or self-assigned according to one or more of the following criteria: Gender, religious affiliation, faith, origin, culture, appearance, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or language.
    5. Petitions with false allegations of facts or allegations of facts without appropriate references will be terminated. OpenPetition reserves the right to subsequently request sources in controversial cases.
    6. Petitions which adjudicate subjectively upon the behave of people and groups will be ended and closed. Object criticism on a public person or group relating to their positions is allowed.
    7. Petitions which only refer to other petitions and do not state their own independent goals will be ended and blocked. This is also the case for petitions on other platforms.
    8. Petitions with satirical content are banished to the troll tower
    9. Petitionen mit direkter oder indirekter Werbung für eigene Produkte, Dienstleistungen oder Parteien werden beendet.
    10. Petitions are only admissible if the petitioner registers with his own full name or on behalf of a legal person, stating the full address and the e-mail address actively used. The e-mail address will be used for verification. The address may also be used for verification by public authorities.
    11. Petitions must not infringe the copyrights of third parties. When using copyrighted images and texts, the petitioner is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder and to name the sources.
    12. To publish personal data of non-public persons requires the consent of this person.
    13. Petitions must be written in the local language. You can create other language versions of the petition.
  2. restricted petitions
    1. Petitions that do not meet our quality requirements for petitions must be revised by the petitioner. Petitions in revision are not publicly listed.
    2. Petitions that exclusively pursue the interests of the petitioner are treated as individual requests. Individual requests are not publicly listed.
    3. Petitions with the same content as petitions already in progress will be treated as duplicates. Duplicates are not publicly listed.
    4. Petitions addressed to a recipient who is not in charge of a decision will not be listed publicly and the supporters will be informed about that fact.
    5. If the correctness of statements in a petition is disputed or if the statements are not sufficiently documented, the supporters will be informed and the petition will not be publicly listed.
    6. In case of slight violations of our terms of use for permitted petitions, a period of 3 days may be granted to remedy the violations. During this period, the petition will not be publicly listed.
  3. Rights and responsibilities of the petitioner (author of the petition)
    1. The petitioner can set the period of time, in which the petition can be signed. It has to be between one week and one year.
    2. The petitioner may edit the text of the petition until 1 week before the end of the subscription period, as long as the request is not altered fundamentally.
    3. The petitioner can choose his own goal if he doesn't address the petition to a parliament, a government or an administration.
    4. The petitioner must check online and offline signatures and delete signature which are obviously invalid.
    5. The starter of the petition commits to respond to all requests in a timely manner during the time period, where the petition can be signed. All requests will be transfered via an e-mail based on an online contact form.
    6. The petitioner undertakes to hand over the petition to the addressee of the petition as soon as possible after the end of the subscription period. If the petitioner is a Committee on Petitions, the petitioner undertakes to submit the petition by the appropriate means. 6 months after the end of the subscription period, petitions that have not been submitted receive the status "failed".
    7. The petitioner has got the right and duty to inform his/her supporters regarding the progress of the petition. The possibilty to inform supporters will be restricted, if the messages do not refer to the issues of the petition.
    8. By creating a petition on the online-platform of openPetition gGmbH, the petitioner authorizes openPetition to represent his/her right of petition. In case the petitioner is not exercising his/her right of petition, openPetition can optionally substitute his/her right of petition and officially submit the petition.
    9. Petitions, which are no longer pursued by the starter of the petition, can be transfered to a new petitioner.
    10. The petitioner may end his petition prematurely, if the issue of the petition become obsolete or the aim is achieved by other means. The petitioner has to inform his/her supporters about the reason for endling the petition.
  4. copyright law

    All published texts and pictures of petitions, comments, contributions to debates and blog posts are licensed under the Creative-Commons license by-nc-sa. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author (if known) and licensor (openPetition). The anonymity of users has to be respected if a petition was signed and commented anonymously. Neither openPetition nor the petitioner have the right to publish the name of an anonymised supporter except openPetition or the petitioner are legally required to publish it.

  5. transparency

    The release of content under the Creative-Commons license (see fourth point) is effective without a time limit and irrevocable. According to that all released contents stay after your participation available. Personal data will be anonymised. The permanent publication serves transparency to the civil society and the general public.

  6. editorial changes
    1. openPetition may remove links in petitions, comments, contributiones to a debate or blog posts, which lead to external websites or documents. This relates in particular to links of websites or documents, which
      • violating state law and basic democratic values
      • do not correspond to the European Convention on Human Rights or International Law
      • have offensive or discriminating content (this includes among other things the discrimination of individuals or groups, which are related to one or several of the following criteria: gender, religious confession, origin, cultural area, appearance, disability, family status, sexual orientation or language)
    2. openPetition reserves the right to edit texts of petitions as long as the edition improves the readability and the essence of the petition is not changed.
    3. openPetition reserves the right to remove petition pictures in the following cases :
      • may have a shocking effect on people
      • show violence or atrocities against humans or animals
      • private recordings that violate privacy
      • are ponographic
      • satirical depictions
      • Representations that contradict the petition request
    4. openPetition reserves the right to add pictures to petitions, if they can illustrate the petition's issue in better way.
  7. User comments and debate

    These terms of uses extend to user comments and debate. The basis for the moderation of comments and debate you find in the Netiquette.

  8. Gender

    openPetition is giving its best to use gender-neutral-language.

  9. disclaimer

    For the unlinkely case that openPetition should be unavailable for some time or we experience data loss, you will abstain from compensation claims for damage that might have occured or for expenditures that might have resulted.

  10. Subject to modifications

    openPetition reserves the right to modify or extend these terms of use. Changes with retroactive effect will not be made.

Stand: Juli 2018

Petitionsrecht 4.0

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