Sharing is not a crime

Given the recent campaign to associate the worst crimes with piracy, a lot of people are protesting in different ways against the people in that campaign. One of the the things to protest about is that the campaign mentions that sharing and downloading music and videos from Internet is a crime, which is just totally false, at least given the current Spanish law. So, one of the best protests is what some people in Bilbao have done, consisting in downloading music from Internet in front of the SGAE (ie, the people behind the campaign) office in that city. They even called the police before starting the download, so that they could be arrested while “committing the crime”. Of course, no one showed up to arrest them.

The best about it, the photos, which made me laugh quite a bit.

2 Responses to “Sharing is not a crime”

  1. petteri says:

    It’s really sad to see how the privatization of knowledge and immaterial things is just forced through all over Europe. Here in Finland it’s gone way too far :/ Keep up the resistance!

    Sharing is caring :)

    Nice photos by the way :)

  2. Iain says:

    Actually, here in Northern Ireland, it is a well known fact that the paramilitary (terrorist) groups such as the IRA, UDA, UFF etc are heavily into the piracy scene, and all pirate material bought in Northern Ireland has passed through one terrorist organisation or another.

    Piracy of music, software and films is one major source of income for the terrorist organisations here. Drug trafficking is another. So maybe in Spain the link between the two is not there (although I’d doubt it), but in other parts of the world there is a very strong connection.