Monday, October 5, 2009

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There is nothing new under the sun.

I have now started in Henning Bartels book about the Pirate Party read. The book is, as now, this blog post under the Creative Commons license Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License .

It is to read one of the most important speeches of the pirate movement that I have not until now, knew many of the new Pirates probably still does not. Therefore I will not hide from you:

friends, citizens, Pirates:
There is nothing new under the sun.
My name is Rickard Falkvinge and I am the leader of the Pirate Party.

During the last week, we may experience some examples of legal mischief. We saw the police, how did they abused them to available resources. We have seen how high-ranking politicians have mobilized to the entertainment industry to protect them.

All this is scandalous beyond compare. That is why we are here today. The entertainment industry wants to convince us that it is only made to resolve payment issues is how a particular group is paid for by work. That it is about their shrinking sales figures to their dry statistics. This is a pretext. It is about something completely different. In order to understand

the current situation in the light of history we must go back 400 years back, when the Church had the monopoly of culture and knowledge. What did the church had to happen. Pyramid Communications. There was a person at the top, to a certain number of other speaking later in the pyramid added. Culture and knowledge was a source and that source was the church.

And God have mercy on those who dared to challenge the monopoly of culture and knowledge of the Church! They were exposed to the worst possible abuses of the time. The church allowed the citizens under any circumstances, to disseminate information, they dominated the entire legislation: prevention, prosecution and punishment.

There is nothing new under the sun.

Today we know that the release of knowledge is the only right thing for society. This Galileo Galilei was right. Even he has fought against the knowledge monopoly.

We're talking about a time when the church the widespread opinion that citizens do not have to learn to read and write because the priest would tell them anyway all they had to know.

The Church knew what it would have meant if they had lost their control.

Then came the printing press.

were suddenly not only a source of knowledge could listen to you, but several. Citizens - who started to learn to read - could benefit from unsanctioned knowledge. The church was furious. The royal family were furious. The British royal family even went so far that it adopted a law which said that only printers specifically designed by the royal family were authorized, books, print, could increase the knowledge and culture for the citizens.

This law was "Copyright" is named.

then passed a few hundred years and the freedom of the press was created. But everywhere there was still the same old model of communication: A person who speaks to the crowd. There were several people who could listen to it - yet everywhere: A person who speaks to the crowd. Which was used by the state to the system a "publisher" to introduce.

Citizens will benefit in the act of knowledge, but there will always be someone who can answer them if they - oh horrible thought - from the wrong Knowledge will benefit.

And that is what will reform the foundations of today. The Internet is no longer obeys this model. Today, we not load simply download culture and knowledge. We upload the same to others. We distribute files. have knowledge and culture, surprisingly, lost their central point of control.

This is the central point of my speech, so I'm going to go into detail:

download is the old model of the old mass media, where there is a central checkpoint, a checkpoint run by a responsible publisher, the risk of him the press subsidy is withdrawn and so on and so forth - where knowledge and culture of each download can, from this central control point that can accurately assign the rights that it considers appropriate.

culture and knowledge monopoly. Control.

Filesharing rise to the simultaneous upload and download from any connected person, without any central control, it's a situation where the entire culture and information flows between millions of different people - at the same time. That is something fundamentally different, something completely new in the history of human communication. There is no one who is held responsible if the wrong knowledge is disseminated.

why so much talk about the business of legal downloads. Legal. Downloads. Because they try to pick up their represent the central point under their control as the only legitimate model. , Do not download file-sharing.

And that is why we will change the law. During the last weeks we have seen how far a player is ready to go, not only to lose his control. We have seen how the Constitution was violated. We have seen how state power has been used illegally, and how the personal integrity has been restricted by the police - not in order to fight crime, but to those who are involved and all those who were somewhere close to trouble.

There is nothing new under the sun and the story repeats itself again and again. It's not about the compensation of a particular group of workers. It's about control of culture and knowledge, for those who master these things, controls the world.

The entertainment industry has tried to embarrass us by telling us that what we do is illegal, that we were pirates. They try to push us in any stone. Check out looking around today, as they have failed. Yes, we are pirates. But anyone who thinks being a pirate is a disgrace, has illegally. It is something we are proud.

Because we have already seen what it means to be without central control. We already have the freedom tasted, smelled and felt, without centralized monopoly of culture and knowledge to be. We have already learned to read and write.

And we will not forget how to read and how to write, only because in the eyes of the media is not yesterday's match.


I'm impressed by this speech, because it clearly makes beautiful, as this movement was born.


In fact, I think that is unacceptable as Interior Minister Schäuble.


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