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. Abusive, derogatory and discriminatory petitions be stopped and locked. This includes but among other things, not only the insult, vilification and discrimination against individuals or groups that are assigned to one or more of the following criteria groups or be assigned to itself: sex, age, appearance, origin, social status, religion, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.
    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 violate the copyrights of third parties. When using copyright protected texts, images or videos is responsible for the petitioner obtain the consent of the rights holders 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.
    14. Petitions that represent a wrong translation of the petition into the original language by differing in the relevant content or demand will be terminated.
  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 content equal to or similar to ongoing petitions are not listed publicly, but they remain signed. In the interests of the concern many signatures as possible should be bundled under a petition.
    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. User fees on openPetition
    1. Petitions are free.
    2. Participation in petitions as well as the use of all functions on openPetition are free.
  4. 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.
  5. Copyright law
    1. Own published on openPetition texts, pictures or videos under the Creative Commons license by-nc-sa login. The attribution includes the mention of the platform openPetition and provided that the author (so far as it is known).
    2. If a supporter sign a petition anonymous and his signature add a comment, this anonymity is to be respected and protected. Consequently, neither openPetition nor the petitioner has the right to comment in connection with the name of the anonymous supporter publish.
  6. 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.
  7. Editorial changes
    1. openPetition reserves the right to remove texts and links in petitions, comments, contributions to debate and blog entries that refer to external websites or documents. This applies in particular to links to pages or documents and texts that
      • violating state law and basic democratic values
      • do not correspond to the European Convention on Human Rights or International Law
      • abusive and discriminatory remarks against individuals or groups)
      • not ours Quality conditions fulfill
    2. openPetition reserves the right to add suitable sources for better traceability and to edit petition texts editorially, provided that these edits serve for better readability and do not change the essence of the petition.
    3. openPetition reserves the right to remove petition images and videos 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.
  8. 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.

  9. Gender-appropriate language

    We see a genderneutralere language as an important step towards achieving gender equality in our society.

    As a platform, we take it regardless of the form in which people are used to communicate with each other.

    • We use the official rules of the German spelling of the Dudens
    • Where it does not disturb the flow of language, we call both sexes through the full or abbreviated form pair
    • Where appropriate, we use alternating male and female forms.
    • Every now and then we use already established gender-neutral words derived nouns in the plural, the passive form or direct address.
    • In individual cases we use the more common male or female form
    • The content of our users is retained in the given form

    We will accompany a platform to change the language towards a gender-neutral language. We will not push for the change and does not try to prevent.

    We strive for an inclusive language, especially through the use of simple language.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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