[Air-L] "Supporting The Minister of Science and Technology of Portugal" statement
mathieu.oneil at anu.edu.au
Mon May 10 03:20:37 PDT 2010
The pirate virus reaches Portugal?... Not sure who we are supposed to "send it" to but I thought it was interesting anyway..
Subject: [fcf_discussion] Supporting The Minister of Science and Technology
of Portugal' statement
To: fcforum_discussion at list.fcforum.net, info at conservas.tk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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The Minister of Science and Technology of Portugal, Mr. Mariano Gago,
stated that Internet "piracy" on a wide scale brings some positive
developments, such as an enormous increased value to producers who see
their content distributed all over the world. Mr. Gago added that this is
not surprising, since piracy has always been a source of progress and
Pressure from the content industry lobby forced Mr. Gago to publicly
retract his statement.
Actually, historic and contemporary facts strongly support his claims. An
important account is given by professor Doron Ben-Altar in his book "Trade
Secrets: Intellectual Piracy and the Origins of American Industrial
"During the first decades of America's existence as a nation, private
citizens, voluntary associations, and government officials encouraged
the smuggling of European inventions and artisans to the New World. These
actions openly violated the intellectual property regimes of European
nations. [...] What fueled 19th century American boom was a dual
system of principled commitment to an intellectual property regime
combined with absence of commitment to enforce these laws. This
ambiguous order generated innovation by promising patent monopolies. At
the same time, by declining to crack down on technology pirates, it
allowed for rapid dissemination of innovation that made American products
better and cheaper."
Moreover, thanks to the small costs of European books for which copyright
was not paid, the USA managed to fight illiteracy of the population at a
faster rate than Europe.
During the last century, American film-makers moved to California in order
to avoid paying expensive patent fees of Edison, and founded Hollywoodland.
As a consequence, the American movie industry quickly became, and still is,
the most developed and powerful movie industry in the world.
Nowadays, non-commercial wide scale Internet exchange is again beneficial
for the market. It has managed to create and sustain completely new
businesses, as a massive quantity of truly independent studies show:
It has also increased access to knowledge, particularly amongst the
disadvantaged and those in developing economies.
The following organizations express their regret for the claims by the
copyright industry lobbies which manage to silence any dissenting voice,
including the one of a minister,any effort to think and contextualize the
issues of the new forms of returns for the creative community and the
society in a way different from what is imposed by the content industry.
Attacking all new opinions and minds open to new models of economy will only
bring high costs to the civil society and new entrepreneurs but will not
stop the inevitable progress of the digital age.
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