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Opinion about the article “In Spain, Internet piracy is part of the culture”

April 28, 2010

Hy everybody,

When I read this article I thought It was a good topic to comment about. We know when composers or directors create they want -apart from other considerations such as fame, admiration and so on- to earn money. It is normal: most people work to obtain a profit.
On the other hand, each country is a different world, has diverse ways of acting or feeling. Because of that, you can create something in your own cultural context and, in another one, people can believe that, for instance, they can use your creation without paying.
In this sense we have an interesting sentence in the text: “Traditionally in Mediterranean countries, it’s hard for people to understand that immaterial things can be worth as much as material things”. Maybe, but, It is true? Do not Spaniards or Mediterranean people understand that a creation usually has an owner? is it a cultural fact or a cheeky attitude?
In relation to Europe or America, we have more expensive tickets, concerts, CDs and so on, that is to say, in general music and shows cost more and salaries are lower in Spain. Besides, a society like SGAE –Sociedad General de Autores y Editores- pretends to spread the royalties everywhere. In other words, this society wants to charge everybody for using their “items”. Perhaps SGAE is acting in accordance with the law, but its attitude becomes a ridiculous thing in different cases such as to charge different bands for playing folk music, at weddings or in school performances.
Summarizing, in some cases there is  a real and sincere wish to enjoy a cultural product without wanting to cause damage to anybody -e.g. autors. But, under such a excuse, a lot of people want to enjoy different products without paying. Maybe SGAE and users are the two sides of the same coin. Are they not?

Carles

With this link you can visit this article: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/30/business/la-fi-ct-spain30-2010mar30

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2010 12:53 am

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  2. albertomr permalink
    May 2, 2010 8:24 pm

    Hi everybody, sorry for my two weeks of absence, you know sometimes…but I am back.
    I have found the article really amazing because of the journalist’s point of view. Let me explain myself in order:
    It is not true that internet piracy has became a part of our culture. This is the definition that Microsoft gives for Internet piracy- “Internet piracy refers to the use of the Internet for illegally copying or distributing unauthorized software. The offenders may use the Internet for all or some of their operations including the advertising, offering, acquiring, or distribution of pirated software.it is not the same if you share a file than if you .” I don’t know anyone who does or even know how to do it. Other thing is the potential costumer of that kind of stuff, but he/she is not a pirate.
    In other term, by one hand the numbe of video stores has decreased but by the other hand, the number of independient productions, music groups or writers has increased significantly due to free distribution and some `forbidden´ programs. I am against illegal affairs which could damage authors or workers, but I think it’s time to renovate and create new ways, to believe in sharing instead of trade looking for business.
    Finally, I can’t let pass this sentence without comment: “Traditionally in Mediterranean countries, it’s hard for people to understand that immaterial things can be worth as much as material things,” said Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde.
    I didn’t know we where idiots, did you??

  3. July 5, 2010 8:30 pm

    hmm it s good article.Thank you so much

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