The parasites of copyright (real copy wrong)


Some sense has to come under light in the ridiculous debate about Internet “piracy” and copyright (copy wrong). Yesterday, December 22nd 2010, the Spanish Parliament has rejected a sneaky law which would give the “creators” the right to shut down the websites which allow users to reach the URL’s of copyright protected materials. The Spanish cultural establishment woke up today with a terrible hangover. They wanted to be judges of something that is not even a misdemeanor under Spanish law and granted, decide what is allowed or not into the web. No, sorry but no.
The classic model of copyright is dead. It is based on absurd rights (70 years of benefits after the death of the author) and the cherry on the top of the pie is the fact that the financing of the absolutely majority of it is done with public money: directly or indirectly. In Europe in general and in Spain in particular, there is no right to point fingers and accuse of crime an internet user who downloads a work that was funded with taxes of the very same users. Directly subsidized or indirectly is the same. The structure of the collecting agencies which use real mafia type of pressure and benefit the well-off artists and almost never the small fishes of the ocean is rotten and must be wiped out completely to start to have a serious conversation.

Demonstrators in front of Spanish Congress

I accept the right to not have somebody’s work abused and used but thieves (plagiarism for instance which there are plenty of accusations in the industry and nobody dares to confront it) but once I write something, get a fee for it, it is not mine but public. Yet, I wish millions will read it, watch it, etc. etc. The struggle is to get people to watch good work. That is the real profit. There are plenty of possibilities to monetize content creation and audiovisual work done with subsidies or TV stations antenna rights are not eligible to complain in any instance for further compensation. The absurd argument that it represents more than 4 percent of the GNP forgets to mention that in the fallacious account it includes: newspapers, radio, TV stations, film, gossip magazines, etc. etc. Sorry but no, not with public money: get your salary and go out singing your guts out or dancing or stepping in a theatre stage (which in Spain is doing great by the way) and collect more benefits. Otherwise, Mr. and Mrs. “Divas”: strike! Will the government intervene as strong as you represent 4 percent of the GDP? I guess not. The establishment lives in five stars hotels, travels first class, first not business (some with their private jets), eat in Michelin 3 stars restaurants and charge it all to their own private LLC. I dare anyone of them to open their personal and business Income Taxes to the public. Basically nobody pays taxes and much the opposite, many collect taxes returns. Of course, the general public seeing the lavish lifestyle have no sympathy for such poor people.
As Freddy Mercury sang in “We’re the champions”: ‘you brought me fame, fortune and everything that goes with it and we thank you all’. And yes, it has been no bed of roses but you or me are no better to the world than a doctor, a scientist, the butcher or the garbage men who don’t have privileges for 70 years after our death day. Let’s ring the bells, it is Christmas and another sort of rights most be defined instead of parasites eating our turkey. Poor starving stars, the Red Cross could be of some help may your fans turn their backs to you.

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