Born a new manifesto in "defense of free Internet"

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Technology - Internet
Thursday, 24 December 2009 04:15

Updated: Mercé Molist, one of the signatories, it regrets having signed the new manifesto, "that can hinder these conversations and show disunity."

The recent "Manifesto in defense of fundamental rights on the Internet" has been signed by many web managers, bloggers and ordinary users of the network of a very broad political spectrum. Reviewing the written and said about this show, we find that we have some friends "travel" really uncomfortable. Along with sincerity to those who support the free dissemination of culture on the Internet, a group of signers to oppose it subscribes only to the Zapatero government from the right most wild. Among them are journalists who defend freedom download movies or music from the Internet but are zealous guardians of other ways much more unfair and privately owned colonial

So begins the third claim of importance (first the 'Manifesto' and then '4 things') to protest the inclusion in the Draft Law on Sustainable Economy legislative changes affecting the free exercise of freedom of expression, information and right of access to culture via the Internet. Continues:

The left and right have fought, fight and battle for ownership of the means of production, this is the motor of history, momentum, for obvious, often hidden. In the current world order, intellectual property have become an instrument of capital accumulation more effectively than any industry or trade.

The exploitation of copyright away to answer your theoretical goal, the livelihood of the creators, has been used as means of domination, as a weapon in the service of cultural caste system more accommodating to the set. In the case of United States, represents a strategic value. The wealth of a nation can come to rely on the imposition of fees for use of intangible property of all kinds, including the use of patented seed or animal varieties. From a processing perspective that aspires to a more just and egalitarian society, we can only support and promote the free knowledge.

We advocate the democratization of culture because creating communities make it through certain individuals and not vice versa, as is commonly thought. We believe that the royalty system that benefits only a few is unfair to both the scientific and patent for the expression of human creativity. We therefore believe that it is not that the authors change their masters. Free culture should be inserted in a collective movement that goes beyond the income of one kind or another employer. Many artists who define themselves as cultural workers and aspire to a wage that allows them to remain and not to 'get beyond the effort. The problem is how to continue charging fees, but on the way to make intellectual contributions, artistic or scientific work really belongs to the whole society and not just those who are privileged to exploit them.

As so often it must be put aside, even for a moment, ethnocentrism first world and remember that for a real reduction of the digital divide are no preconditions: the arrival of electricity at home, money to buy a computer, a you have been taught to read and write, and having eaten, and have a roof and a doctor when you are sick. The digital age can not do that if it is intertwined with the struggle of peoples.

As well as the democratization of culture, with more reason should be advocated the democratization of the whole economy. It seems reasonable to apply in this discussion the term "democracy" as superficially as is being done. If most of the Internet is against the closure of Web sites that facilitate the sharing of files, a large majority of citizens are in favor of spreading the wealth among all the companies that are appropriated as Banco Santander, Repsol and Telefónica , distribution follows the same logic of those who demand a universal knowledge, and nobody dares raise a clear question of correlation of forces.

To claim the Internet as a right, not a slogan, it must include it in public, such as education or health, and not left to private providers that can end the net neutrality legislation outside only increase the cost of content up. We know that in our societies given to privatization is a claim difficult but necessary and a government that truly represents the people that elected it should be able to carry it out.

In the field of culture are bold proposals like Spanish cinema distribute subsidized under copyleft license, passing legislation to aid the collection of works determined by the publication with free licenses to maximize their dissemination. Or going through the nationalization of the SGAE and other management entities to pay the creators no longer a private matter. Initiatives such as the Charter for innovation, creativity and access to knowledge, yet insufficient, suggest the possibility of constructing different rules. The interests that oppose it are powerful. But right now the evolution of the means of reproduction is an opportunity for any media conglomerate can decide which cultural products deserve to be distributed and what not. It is understood the P2P as a common library and not as, once again streaming services where they are the record companies or publishers or new Web companies to decide what sounds, read, think.

We wonder whether the government has any interest, however minimal, to investigate new models. Neither the logic of the ban, nor the logic of the change of masters. The policy of the multinational entertainment has been focussed on one objective: to plunder the Humanity of their cultural heritage. The change in playback mode creations could mean progress for all. May not be easy. But, for once, it is much harder to prohibit and punish. It tries to recover the network for all human beings and not for large companies every day take over it some more.


Carlos Martinez, a lawyer, Pascual Serrano, a journalist and author Carlos Sanchez Almeida, lawyer, Bethlehem Gopegui, novelist, Alba, author, Ignacio Ramonet, journalist and writer, Alex de la Nuez, musician, Carlos Fernández Liria, philosopher and writer, Isaac Rosa, Writer, Constantine Bértolo, editor, Carlo Frabetti, writer and mathematician, Rosa Regas, writer, Irene Amador, anthropologist, Antonio Arch, musician.