[pp.int.general] WIPO DG mentions Pirate Party in speech to Blue Sky conference

Rick Falkvinge (Piratpartiet) rick at piratpartiet.se
Wed Mar 2 11:39:31 CET 2011

Dr. Stallman's insistence on this is very well motivated. I have noticed
a tremendous attitude shift since I started using words that conveyed
the right values.

As long as we allow people to get with the fuzzy "intellectual
property", we will:

a) be unable to pinpoint the problems with copyrights, patents and other
monopolies, as we need to be specific about the problems, and few of
these problems apply across all monopoly kinds uniformly

b) be susceptible to the "stealing" moniker

c) lose out on the values we convey in using that language, as property
is a positive word

It is for a reason that I never talk about the monopolies as property.
Never, ever. Even if other people use that term, I respond talking about
"copyrights and patents" if I want to talk broadly.

*But it goes beyond that.* Words convey more than meaning, they convey
association and emotion. Failing to exploit this, when your antagonist
does so skillfully and continuously, will marginalize your followers to
people unable to feel or communicate emotion. I am sure we can all
identify the problems we had at one stage -- or still have, in several
contexts -- with getting the message to key extrovert people, social
supernodes. *This requires using supernode language.*

In Sweden, we have managed to turn the people fighting for the copyright
monopoly from "artists" to "*the copyright industry*". That's an
immensely powerful meme.

Not "the record industry", not "the music industry". The industry which
profits off of the copyright monopoly, pure and simple. "The copyright
industry". This meme has now spread to mainstream media, and signals
greed and law exploitation. Just talk about "the copyright industry"
constantly, and the meme will take hold, as it is a good linguistic
catchall for a major player in media.

You will notice that I'm also constantly talking about *the copyright
monopoly*. Not "copyright" but "the copyright monopoly". This is another
of those bullets. Any word which is an X-right is, well, a right.
Therefore, it is important to turn the word into an adjective describing
what it really is: a monopoly.

"The copyright monopoly" is slowly taking hold, and also works very well.


On 03/02/2011 10:51 AM, Boris Turovskiy wrote:
> Hi Richard,
> you're extremely predictable, you know that? A Pawlow dog couldn't be as
> trained as you are in finding every instance of "intellectual property"
> and ranting about it, completely neglecting the other content.
> Best,
> Boris
>> As one would expect from WIPO, he used the term "intellectual
>> property" and thus made a statement so broad it hardly even relates to
>> real criticism.
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