from the it-was-bound-to-happen dept
Over the last few months, Techdirt has been reporting on the amazing rise of the German Pirate Party, with win after win after win. Politicians in the other parties have looked on aghast, powerless to halt the rise of something they clearly can't fathom. Inevitably, the fightback has finally begun, but packaged as an artists' revolt, not simply that of the copyright industries worried about their profit margins.
Perhaps the most dramatic manifestation of that was a major section in the Handlesblatt newspaper (German original) a few weeks ago. It was entitled "A hundred creatives provoke the Pirates", and included 160 statements on the subject of "My head belongs to me." That paints this as huge numbers of artists having their ideas taken away by the Pirates, but the reality was a little different.
Of those 160 statements, only 30 came from artists; the rest were from politicians, media companies, lawyers, academics and business groups (German original.) Unsurprisingly, most of those 130 statements were attempts to defend their own positions as gatekeepers of culture – often well-paid ones.
The artists' comments were little better. Here's a small selection:
The Pirate Party would never think to demand in the name of freedom that German bakers should in the future give away their bread, and have their baking sponsored by the state. (Gisa Klönne.) Retort: This is rather "ass about tit" as Keen would say. In nature monkey see monkey do, our reality, monkey see monkey do monkey go to jail, because in fact the bread that was free is now restricted for the benefit of bakers.
Free content is intellectual theft. (Thomas Weymar) Retort: Who cares? This perspective is only true for intellectual fascists.
The Pirate Credo, that ideas can't belong to only one person, is good news for people who don't have any ideas of their own. (Frauke Scheunemann.) Retort: I challenge Frauke to come up with an original idea.