[pp.int.general] where is the manifesto?
Rick Falkvinge (Piratpartiet)
rick at piratpartiet.se
Fri Dec 26 10:34:40 CET 2008
> I did not say it is the definitive answer. It is a start. And it is a
> major departure from a conception that only the interests of the
> authors are to be considered. Well, I am aware that you moved beyond
> that, Richard, but not everyone is as brilliant (and as honest) as you
In my experience, it is a mistake to not take an intellectually
defensible position from the outset. I have blogged and argued a lot
It is true that copyright is about balance, but the rightsholders are
not repeat not legitimate stakeholders in that balance. It is a balance
between the PUBLIC's interest of spreading, using and partaking and
culture, and the SAME PUBLIC's interest of having more culture develop
It is true that rightsholders are AFFECTED by the copyright legislation.
But like a small military town is affected by the national security
policy (say, if its regiment is closed), that national security policy
should not be written with the military town's welfare in mind: other
political programs will have to see to that. Likewise, copyright
legislation needs to explicitly exclude the rightsholders from having a
say in its wording.
To say that they are part of the balance means that they somehow can
agree or not agree to new legislation. That's insanely backwards --
that's just as if the abovementioned military town were to be given to
accept or reject a new national security policy.
I'd go as far as to say that PP.se cannot support a writing that
explicitly grants rightsholders a say in the wording of copyright
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