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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. Petitionen gegen Gerichtsurteile sind nur dann zulässig, wenn weitere Rechtsmittel auf dem normalen Rechtsweg gefordert werden oder eine gesetzliche Regelung gefordert wird, die eine mit den Petitionen angegriffene Rechtsprechung für die Zukunft unmöglich machen würde.
    4. Beleidigende, herabwürdigende und diskriminierende Petitionen werden beendet und gesperrt. Dies umfasst u.a. aber nicht ausschließlich die Beleidigung, Herabwürdigung und Diskriminierung von Einzelpersonen oder Personengruppen, die nach einer oder mehreren der folgenden Kriterien Gruppen zugeordnet werden oder sich selbst zuordnen: Geschlecht, religiöse Zugehörigkeit, Glaube, Herkunft, Kulturkreis, Aussehen, Behinderung, Familienstand, sexuelle Orientierung oder Sprache.
    5. Petitionen mit falschen Tatsachenbehauptungen bzw. Tatsachenbehauptungen ohne geeignete Quellenangaben werden beendet. openPetition behält sich vor, Quellen in umstrittenen Fällen nachträglich einzufordern.
    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. Petitionen mit satirischem Inhalt werden in den Trollturm verbannt
    8. Petitions with direct or indirect advertisment of products, services or parties will be terminated.
    9. Petitionen sind nur zulässig, wenn sich der Petent mit seinem eigenen, vollständigen Namen oder im Namen einer juristischen Person unter Angabe der vollständigen Anschrift und der aktiv genutzten E-Mail-Adresse registriert. Die E-Mail-Adresse wird zur Verifizierung genutzt. Die Anschrift kann zusätzlich zur Verifizierung durch öffentliche Behörden herangezogen werden.
    10. Petitionen dürfen nicht die Copyrights Dritter verletzen. Bei der Verwendung Copyright geschützter Bilder und Texte ist der Petent dafür verantwortlich, das Einverständnis der Rechteinhaber einzuholen und die Quellen zu nennen.
    11. To publish personal data of non-public persons requires the consent of this person.
    12. Petitions must be written in the local language. You can create other language versions of the petition.
  2. restricted petitions
    1. Petitions which don´t care about our quality standards for petitions will not be listed openly.
    2. Petitions that are not of public interest or only pursue the petitioner's interest will not be listed publicly.
    3. Petitions with the same content as other ongoing petitions will not be listed publicly.
    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. Ist die Richtigkeit von Aussagen in einer Petition umstritten bzw. sind die Aussagen nicht hinreichend belegt, werden die Unterstützer darauf hingewiesen und die Petition wird nicht öffentlich gelistet.
    6. Bei leichten Verstöße gegen unsere Nutzungsbedingungen für zulässige Petitionen kann eine Frist von 3 Tagen zur Beseitigung der Verstöße eingeräumt werden. Während dieser Frist wird die Petition nicht öffentlich gelistet.
  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. Der Petent verpflichtet sich, die Petition nach Ende der Zeichnungsfrist zeitnah dem Empfänger der Petition zu übergeben. Ist der Petitionsempfänger ein Petitionsausschuss, verpflichtet sich der Petent die Petition auf dem jeweils dafür vorgesehenen Weg einzureichen. 6 Monate nach Ende der Zeichnungsfrist bekommen nicht eingereichte Petitionen den Status "gescheitert".
    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 pictures of petitions unter the following circumstances::
      • may have a shocking effect on people
      • show violence or atrocities against humans or animals
      • private pictures, which harm the privacy of somebody
      • pornographic performances
    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.

March 2017.

Demokratie-Aktion

Öffentliche Termine

Publikationen & Material

  • Länderbericht Petitionen 2015 (PDF)
  • Masterarbeit Online-Partizipation (PDF)
  • Flyer: openPetition stellt sich vor (PDF)

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