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Headlines Teacher Fired in Spain for P2P Speech - MPAA/SRIA

Descent

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Lecturer censored in Spanish University (UPV) for defending P2P networks

Date Created: 20 May, 2005, 09:15 AM
[Upon the request of various foreign media that would like to cover this story, and would like a link to the source in English, here is a recap of my ordeal]

This what happened to me when trying to defend the legal use of P2P networks in Spain.

I have been teaching "Intellectual Property" (although I dislike the term) among other subjects at a Masters Degree in the Polytechnic University of Valencia UPV (Spain) for over 5 years. Two weeks ago I was scheduled (invited by the ETSIA Student Union and Linux Users' Group for the celebration of "Culture Week") to give a conference in one of the university's buildings. During that conference I was to analyze the legal use and benefits of the P2P networks, even when dealing with copyrighted works (according to the Spanish Intellectual Property Law, Private Copy provision, and many research papers, books and court rulings). I was even going to use the network to "prove" that it was legal, since members of the Collecting Society "SGAE" had appeared on TV and newspapers saying that "P2P networks are ilegal" (sic) just like that, and to that extent I even contacted SGAE, National Police, and the Attorney General in advance to inform them about it.

The day before the conference, the Dean (pressured by the Spanish Recording Industry Association "Promusicae" as I found out later, and he recognized himself in a quote to the national newspaper El Pais, and even the Motion Picture Association of America, as another newspaper quotes) tried to stop it by denying permission to use the scheduled venue. So I scheduled a second one, and that was denied again. And a third time. Finally I gave the conference on the university cafeteria, for 5 hours, in front of 150 people.

Later on that day (May 4th, I will never forget), I received a call from the Director of the Masters Degree Program where I was teaching telling me that the Dean had called and had asked him to "make sure I did not teach there again", and on a second call saying "it's your choice, but also your responsibility".

The Director called me and first asked me to remove any link to the university from my website, and also to "hide" the fact that I was teaching there. Then he told me about the pressures and threats he and the Program received (to be subjected to software licenses inspection, copyright violations inspections, or anything that may damage them). Obviously I had to resign to save his job (and everybody else's at the Masters Program). So I did.

But even after I had resigned, when the media (which started to pay attention to the case, as you can see in the attached links) called, the Vice-Dean of communications had the nerve to say that "I was never a teacher in that University, and I only taught a few classes". Sure I was not a Professor (which I never said I was), but I taught several subjects there for over 5 years!

It is not so important that I lost my job even though my ratings from the student satisfaction questionnaire were the highest of the whole Program, and I never violated any rule, contract, or regulation. I don't even mind so much that I never received a direct phone call from anyone objecting to my ideas or procedures. What I regret the most is to have suffered CENSORSHIP inside my own university (in a European Union member state, of all places on earth), and as a result of pressures and threats coming from Collecting Societies and Recording and Movie Industries (on my website you have proof of all that).

When are we going to do something about it? We can't let them impose their failed, outdated, and inefficient business model through threats, pressures and silence. We must speak out. I am wiling to travel the world (as I am doing now in conferences all over Spain) to tell my story, and they will not silence me. The truth has to be known. But I need your help.

This story has already been covered by over 400 Spanish bloggers, national radio stations, magazines and newspapers. But nobody seems to have noticed this outside Spain. Could you please help me spread the word outside Spain?

Should you require any further information, do not hesitate to let me know.

Best regards, and Thank you very much in advance,

Jorge Cortell
jorge (at) cortell (dot) net
jorgecortell (at) mac (dot) com

This website with a lot of information (in Spanish) regarding this issue (including transcripts, screen captures and other proofs):
http://jorge.cortell.net

Particularly:
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041021114344/LHA20050505142849/index.html
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041021114344/LHA20050428093531/index.html
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041117170647/LHA20050505191504/index.html
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041117170647/LHA20050505205536/index.html
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041117170647/LHA20050510142036/index.html
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041117170647/LHA20050504193150/index.html
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041117170647/LHA20050504095812/index.html
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041021114344/LHA20050507235615/index.html

List of Blogs that follow the issue:
http://www.technorati.com/cosmos/search.html?rank=&url=Cortell

Audio of the conference (recorded outdoors):
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041021114344/LHA20050504184022/index.html

Media coverage.-

NEWSPAPERS:

El Pais (National Newspaper, paid subscription required):
http://www.elpais.es/articulo.html?d_date=&xref=20050512elpcibenr_4&type=Tes&anchor=elpcibred#articulo

El Mundo (National Newspaper):
http://www.elmundo.es/navegante/2005/05/04/esociedad/1115222036.html

20 Minutos (National Newspaper)
http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/22543/0/Politecnica/musica/publico/

NEWS SITES:

Barrapunto (Spanish Slash Dot):
http://barrapunto.com/article.pl?sid=05/05/04/0629243&mode=nested

Noticias dot com:
http://www.noticias.com/index.php?action=mostrar_articulo&id=65103&seccion=Cultura%20y%20Ocio&categoria=&IDCanal=1

Consumer Magazine:
http://www.consumer.es/web/es/tecnologia/2005/05/09/141815.php

Libertad Digital:
http://www.libertaddigital.com/noticias/noticia_1276251087.html

Spanish NetCitizens Association
http://www.internautas.org/html/1/2897.html
http://www.internautas.org/html/1/2913.html

Indymedia Barcelona:
http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/178812/index.php

RADIO:

COPE national radio (interview):
http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041021114344/LHA20050516145400/Media/LHA20050516145407.zip

Radio 87Mhz (conference):
http://sindominio.net/radio87mhz/


ENGLISH SPEAKING BLOGS:

English speaking blogger:
http://www.protozoo.com/index.php?postId=78

Another English speaking blogger:
http://ayk.textamerica.com/?r=2483560


And many more links:
http://piezas.bandaancha.st/docs/cortell.html


SOURCE: http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041209105106/LHA20050520091532/index.html

That is it. I for one will never support the recording or film industries again.

I will pirate every DVD I come across.

Every CD not put out independently, or by an independent publisher will not be a legitimate copy in my collection.

I will not rent movies. I will refuse to go to any theater to enjoy a film.

People, this is the last straw. We must boycott these people now, before it is too late. They are raping the artist, and now the civilians. It's time for change.
 
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Descent said:
*Cue Amerika by Rammstein*



SOURCE: http://homepage.mac.com/jorgecortell/blogwavestudio/LH20041209105106/LHA20050520091532/index.html

That is it. I for one will never support the recording or film industries again.

I will pirate every DVD I come across.

Every CD not put out independently, or by an independent publisher will not be a legitimate copy in my collection.

I will not rent movies. I will refuse to go to any theater to enjoy a film.

People, this is the last straw. We must boycott these people now, before it is too late. They are raping the artist, and now the civilians. It's time for change.
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Hack teh Planet!

Come on now Descent, that's bad form brother.

If I were to make an album, or a movie, and I found out that you're one more of those assholes that expect something for nothing then I would personally come to your door and skullfuck you. People need to make a living somehow, and I understand that. I'm a broke motherfucker, and I still respect that.

The only time I find it's ok to do this (even though I really shouldn't) is when I can't find an album in stores. Then I'll grab the few songs I really wanted to hear.

This thread is going to turn into a "Is it ok to download music" thread, so I'm done.
 

Descent

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Hack teh Planet!

Come on now Descent, that's bad form brother.

If I were to make an album, or a movie, and I found out that you're one more of those assholes that expect something for nothing then I would personally come to your door and skullfuck you. People need to make a living somehow, and I understand that. I'm a broke motherfucker, and I still respect that.

The only time I find it's ok to do this (even though I really shouldn't) is when I can't find an album in stores. Then I'll grab the few songs I really wanted to hear.

This thread is going to turn into a "Is it ok to download music" thread, so I'm done.
Music artists hate the recording industry. I have a friend in my school who set up his own studio in his garage using a PC, a soundproofed cubicle, Audacity, Fruity Loops, other various programs, etc. and charges $5 per hour to record. No royalties whatsoever. He does it for his love of music, unlike the recording industry who does it for profit. The $5 an hour is to help cover overhead, he actually loses money on it.