[pp.int.general] Christian Engstrom on FT on July 7 -> German

Enrique Herrera Noya quiquetux at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 21:19:34 CEST 2009

Spanish translation available at

i apology for my spanglish

2009/7/20 kybernetes <kybernetes at piratenpartei.at>:
> German translation available at
> https://wiki.piratenpartei.at/Engstroem_FT_7-juli-2009
> Not proofread yet, corrections in progress.
> Feel free.
> Greetings,
> kybernetes (Vienna, Austria)
>>> http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/87c523a4-6b18-11de-861d-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1
>>> ;)
>>>   ----- Original Message -----
>>>   From: Nicolas Sahlqvist
>>>   To: Pirate Parties International -- General Talk
>>>   Sent: Sunday, July 19, 2009 3:47 PM
>>>   Subject: Re: [pp.int.general] Christian Engstrom on FT on July 7
>>>   Excellent text, but where was it published on the 7th of July, URL?
>>>   - Nicolas
>>>   On Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 1:35 PM, Alex Foti <alex.foti at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>     for archive-minded pirates. ciao, lx
>>>     Copyright laws threaten our online freedom
>>>     By Christian Engström
>>>     Published: July 7 2009 18:10 | Last updated: July 7 2009 18:10
>>>     If you search for Elvis Presley in Wikipedia, you will find a lot of
>>>     text and a few pictures that have been cleared for distribution. But
>>>     you will find no music and no film clips, due to copyright
>>>     restrictions. What we think of as our common cultural heritage is not
>>>     ?ours? at all.
>>>     On MySpace and YouTube, creative people post audio and video remixes
>>>     for others to enjoy, until they are replaced by take-down notices
>>>     handed out by big film and record companies. Technology opens up
>>>     possibilities; copyright law shuts them down.
>>>     Curb on content threatens France Telecom - Jul-07E-retailers find big
>>>     brands hard to touch - Jul-07This was never the intent. Copyright was
>>>     meant to encourage culture, not restrict it. This is reason enough for
>>>     reform. But the current regime has even more damaging effects. In
>>>     order to uphold copyright laws, governments are beginning to restrict
>>>     our right to communicate with each other in private, without being
>>>     monitored.
>>>     File-sharing occurs whenever one individual sends a file to another.
>>>     The only way to even try to limit this process is to monitor all
>>>     communication between ordinary people. Despite the crackdown on
>>>     Napster, Kazaa and other peer-to-peer services over the past decade,
>>>     the volume of file-sharing has grown exponentially. Even if the
>>>     authorities closed down all other possibilities, people could still
>>>     send copyrighted files as attachments to e-mails or through private
>>>     networks. If people start doing that, should we give the government
>>>     the right to monitor all mail and all encrypted networks? Whenever
>>>     there are ways of communicating in private, they will be used to share
>>>     copyrighted material. If you want to stop people doing this, you must
>>>     remove the right to communicate in private. There is no other option.
>>>     Society has to make a choice.
>>>     The world is at a crossroads. The internet and new information
>>>     technologies are so powerful that no matter what we do, society will
>>>     change. But the direction has not been decided.
>>>     The technology could be used to create a Big Brother society beyond
>>>     our nightmares, where governments and corporations monitor every
>>>     detail of our lives. In the former East Germany, the government needed
>>>     tens of thousands of employees to keep track of the citizens using
>>>     typewriters, pencils and index cards. Today a computer can do the same
>>>     thing a million times faster, at the push of a button. There are many
>>>     politicians who want to push that button.
>>>     The same technology could instead be used to create a society that
>>>     embraces spontaneity, collaboration and diversity. Where the citizens
>>>     are no longer passive consumers being fed information and culture
>>>     through one-way media, but are instead active participants
>>>     collaborating on a journey into the future.
>>>     The internet it still in its infancy, but already we see fantastic
>>>     things appearing as if by magic. Take Linux, the free computer
>>>     operating system, or Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Witness the
>>>     participatory culture of MySpace and YouTube, or the growth of the
>>>     Pirate Bay, which makes the world?s culture easily available to
>>>     anybody with an internet connection. But where technology opens up new
>>>     possibilities, our intellectual property laws do their best to
>>>     restrict them. Linux is held back by patents, the rest of the examples
>>>     by copyright.
>>>     The public increasingly recognises the need for reform. That was why
>>>     Piratpartiet ? the Pirate party ? won 7.1 per cent of the popular vote
>>>     in Sweden in the European Union elections. This gave us a seat in the
>>>     European parliament for the first time.
>>>     Our manifesto is to reform copyright laws and gradually abolish the
>>>     patent system. We oppose mass surveillance and censorship on the net,
>>>     as in the rest of society. We want to make the EU more democratic and
>>>     transparent. This is our entire platform.
>>>     We intend to devote all our time and energy to protecting the
>>>     fundamental civil liberties on the net and elsewhere. Seven per cent
>>>     of Swedish voters agreed with us that it makes sense to put other
>>>     political differences aside in order to ensure this.
>>>     Political decisions taken over the next five years are likely to set
>>>     the course we take into the information society, and will affect the
>>>     lives of millions for many years into the future. Will we let our
>>>     fears lead us towards a dystopian Big Brother state, or will we have
>>>     the courage and wisdom to choose an exciting future in a free and open
>>>     society?
>>>     The information revolution is happening here and now. It is up to us
>>>     to decide what future we want.
>>>     The writer is the Pirate party?s member of the European parliament
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