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“Intellectual Property”: why P2P is under attack
A Lecture by Jorge Cortell
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In this lecture given by Jorge Cortell to the Norwegian UNIX Users Group (NUUG) on the 17th of November, 2005, Mr. Cortell discusses the idea of intellectual property and how - at it’s core - it is simultaneously absurd, prohibitive to human progress, socially suicidal and probably just another corporate grab for money and power. Closer to home, Cortell portrays file sharing as more akin to marketing than stealing, and he backs this assertion up by showing that sales for “intellectual property” have actually risen since the rise of P2P.
Jorge Cortell taught Intellectual Property Law and eCommerce for the Multimedia Internet Applications Masters Degree at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) before he was fired due to pressure from corporate media interests. Jorge is also an active lecturer and researcher focusing on the interplay of business, technology, and intellectual property law, and the impact that interplay has on consumers and politics.
Stanford Law School
Center for Internet and Society Speakers Series
Monday September 20, 2004 | Listen (RealAudio)
Jorge will speak about a research he’s undertaken in Spain which shatters the protectionist copyright vision that big media, record labels and some politicians would like us to believe.
There is a legal right in Spain called “Private Copy” which allows any individual to make and keep any number of copies of any copyrighted work for his/her personal use as long as it is not for profit.
During the largest gathering of interconnected computer users in the world (which happened in August in Spain), Jorge delivered a conference in which he explained this right to the participants (many of which did not even know they had that right), and then went on to ask them to “download and copy as if there was not tomorrow”. Then Jorge collected information on “physical and online sharing of culture”. The results were astonishing, shedding new light into alternatives to copyright laws.
Jorge will discuss his findings and these alternatives.
May 20, 2005
I just got an email from my friend Jorge Cortell, a copyfighter and academic in Spain, whom I met at the Creative Commons España launch this year.
Jorge teaches “Intellectual Property” in the Masters program at the Polytechnic University of Valencia UPV. He proposed to give a talk on the benefits of P2P and talk about the law relating to P2P and copyright in Spain. He proposed to demo what sort of legal uses one could make of copyrighted works from P2P networks, and informed the Spanish collecting society, the national police and the attorney general to let them know what he was up to.
They responded by leaning on the Dean, who cancelled Jorge’s venue. Jorge booked another venue, and the Dean cancelled it. So Jorge moved his talk to the cafeteria, and delivered a five hour session to a packed house.
On May 4, the Dean ordered the director of Jorge’s program to demand his resignation, which he tendered. The Vice-Dean then added insult to injury by issuing a statement saying that Jorge had never taught at the university (!), in a surreal, Stalinist purge (Jorge has taught at the University for five years).
This is a shameful act of censorship and a betrayal of the principles of academic freedom. It’s a national shame that Spain’s powerful collecting societies can simply order the termination of any university teacher who teaches things that displease them. —Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing