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 that violate the free, democratic basic order or want to abolish it are ended. Petitions calling for hatred and violence or endorsing, denying or trivializing the crimes of National Socialism are being ended. Petitions that question the Basic Law or question the criminal liability of sedition are ended. Petitions directed against the European human rights conventions or international law are ended.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Petitions with false factual claims, missing sources or with misleading embezzlement of relevant facts are ended. openPetition reserves the right to subsequently request sources in controversial cases or to have essential facts supplemented.
    5. Petitions which, from a subjective point of view, disparage (the behaviour of) persons or groups and judge them in general terms will be terminated and blocked. Petitions in which blanket attributions are made to entire groups of people that cannot be substantiated and merely reflect one's own opinion are also inadmissible. An objective and justified criticism of public persons or groups in relation to their public activity is permissible.
    6. 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.
    7. Petitions with satirical content are banished to the troll tower
    8. Petitions with direct or indirect advertising for own products, services or parties will be terminated. Petitions with direct or indirect advertising for parties are admissible if the party has launched the petition itself. Petitions that are launched by sympathisers or members of a party and contain direct or indirect advertising for parties are not admissible.
    9. 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 Email address actively used. The Email address will be used for verification. The address may also be used for verification by public authorities.
    10. 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.
    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.
    13. Petitions, whose content and/or the demand of the original petition were changed or extended afterwards seriously, are blocked.
  2. restricted petitions
    1. Petitions which are not addressed to specific persons, legal entities, parliamentary bodies or organisations in politics, business, society or to the public as a whole will not be publicly listed.
    2. Petitions that do not meet our quality requirements for petitions must be revised by the petitioner. Petitions in revision are not publicly listed.
    3. Petitions that exclusively pursue the interests of the petitioner are treated as individual concerns. Individual concerns are not publicly listed.
    4. Petitions that have the same or similar content as existing petitions are not listed publicly, but can still be signed. With this we try to bundle all signatures for a request.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. In case of slight violations of our terms of use for permitted petitions, a period of 3 days may be granted to rectify 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 has the right to revise the text during the subscription period, provided that the basic purpose of the petition is not distorted.
    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 is obliged to hand over the petition to the recipient of the petition shortly after the end of the subscription period. 12 months after the end of the subscription period, petitions that have not been submitted will be given the status "failed".
    7. If the recipient is a petition committee, openPetition reserves the right to petition the addressed committee if the petition has not been filed by the petitioner within 3 months.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. Petitions that are not followed up by the petitioner can be transferred from the previous petitioner or from openPetition to a new petitioner.
    11. 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.
    12. Signature lists and questionnaires may not be forwarded by the petitioner to anybody except the petitioner.
    13. After completion of the information work, the petitioner is obliged to destroy all the signature data provided to him digitally or in print.
  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
    1. Published petitions are permanently stored and retrievable for reasons of traceability of political processes. Any change to petition content will be saved and publicly reconstructed.
    2. Upon request, personal data published in petition texts will be anonymised.
  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.

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