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Carolina Botero and "piracy"

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    Carolina what can you tell us about the warning that appears at the beginning of movies, which reads that piracy is comparable
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    to robbery or murder? There are a lot of people that are shocked by this, and some people might think
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    that both are felonies, but to go as far as comparing them in the same way...? No I definetely don't agree with this; it is just
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    impossible to compare the two of them, because their mechanics of circulation are different.You can't compare the
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    spread of knowledge, to the idea of robbery or murder. It definitely can't be compared to murder,
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    I think we have to discard this idea, we don't even need to explain further. In the case of robbery, which it is a very common felony, it is just not the same
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    because it is about belongings or tangible property. On one hand, It is like when I take something from you. if I
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    take a chair from you, then you don't own the chair anymore. On the other hand, when we talk about intangible
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    property, the ability to re-produce is part of its nature; it is not the same because
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    it means that when I take a verse from you, you still have it. Even if I share a verse
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    [from a poem] with others - it isn't like I know too many- it is not the same. There is a verse from a Colombian poet that died not long
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    ago who worked on children's poems and he had a really easy verse, do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, yes my
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    sun yes. He shared it with me, I wrote it down and after that I shared it with you, now the three of us have it,
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    and now all of us have it, you learned it too, and that's it. It is not like I am going to steal the
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    verse from him, we can't make that comparison. Piracy is a felony, and there is a legitimate property
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    right behind it, it is true, but it is not comparable and I think we need a more profund discussion
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    about economic and social issues, so we can keep supporting a mechanism of criminalization of this
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    kind of behaviour, that I am sure, when it reaches these lenghths, affects, not only the authors, but also their relationship with the public.
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    Ok, thanks Carolina
Carolina Botero and "piracy"

Carolina Botero sobre la "piratería", FLACSO Quito, Ecuador, 18 de octubre del 2011, 2.31 pm.

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