European Politicians Launch Pro-Filesharing Campaign

Greens EFA, a coalition of two political parties that currently have 42 seats in the European parliament, have launched a pro-filesharing campaign named "I Wouldn't Steal". Their goal is to counter the anti-piracy propaganda put forward by the entertainment industry, and encourage people to download and share.

The message put forward by the parties is pretty strong: "Whenever you rent a movie, the multinational media industry forces you to watch their propaganda. They claim that downloading movies is the same as snatching bags, stealing cars or shoplifting. That's simply not true – making a copy is fundamentally different from stealing."

Greens EFA claim that the entertainment industry exploits artists and sell propaganda, and want to make the public aware of this. We couldn't agree more of course, and it is good to see that these established political parties are attempting to decriminalize filesharing. As they write: "The media industry has failed to offer viable legal alternatives and they will fail to convince consumers that sharing equals stealing. Unfortunately, they have succeeded in another area – lobbying to adapt laws to criminalize sharing, turning consumers into criminals."

In collaboration with RÃ¥FILM the parties created a short clip for the campaign. which they made available on BitTorrent by uploading it to The Pirate Bay. It's beginning to look like things are finally starting to change, politicians are not scared anymore to embrace BitTorrent sites such as The Pirate Bay, and stand up for people's right to share culture.

The Pirate Bay is of course delighted by the campaign and even updated the logo on their frontpage to show their support. Pirate Bay's Brokep told TorrentFreak: "I love that there are smart people that understand how the world works and I'm gonna support them with whatever means I can".

Let's hope the entertainment industry is paying attention as well.

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News source: Torrentfreak

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“I love that there are smart people that understand how the world works..."

Uh-huh. So, let's tell everyone it's Ok to steal (it IS stealing, look up the word if you're confused), and see what happens. Here's a good prediction:

-Everyone steals ("shares") their media with everyone else
-There's no need to buy songs or movies you have already stolen ("shared") for free, so
-Music and movie sales decline sharply and quickly
-Studios and artists make considerably less money, therefore
-Studios and artists can't continue to produce at nearly the same level as before, and
-There is substantially less new material to steal (download)

Yep, that's how the world works, indeed. Apparently you don't need to know the basics of the economy to be in a political party.

“The media industry has failed to offer viable legal alternatives"
A bizarre way of saying "We're never heard of iTunes, Amazon, buying at stores online, or even the old fashioned, going out to a store and buying a DVD or CD."

Nope, there is absolutely no alternative to stealing.

I'm not really sure file sharing should be legal, I'm all fine with personal copies and sharing with a few friends (people did it in the days of VHS for crikes sake), I despise DRM as it treats every consumer as a criminal .. but when you take a paid piece of work and offer it for free, what else can you call it? Its not right ... I don't subscribe to the idea it hurts artists or funds terrorism or anything, but its not benefical or a particularly good thing to do ... but that doesn't mean I'd go after infrequent downloaders, just the uploaders ...

I do think there is something fundamentally wrong with some western countries where somebody who infringes copyright gets a bigger sentence than a mugger or a violent thug.

.. but when you take a paid piece of work and offer it for free, what else can you call it?

You could call it 'copyright infringement'.

I find it good that someone is taking the stance against the stigma that 'file-sharing' has been labeled 'stealing' if someone would really check into the RIAA and MPAA and expose what true stealing is.