Opinion about the article “In Spain, Internet piracy is part of the culture”
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?
With this link you can visit this article: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/30/business/la-fi-ct-spain30-2010mar30