This publication offers a broad view on media piracy as well as a variety of comparative perspectives on recent issues and historical facts regarding piracy. It contains a compilation of texts on grass-roots situations whose stories describe strategies developed to share, distribute and experience cultural content outside of the confines of local economies, politics or laws. These stories recount the experiences of individuals from India, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Mali and China. The book is structured in four parts and begins with a collection of stories on piracy dating back to the invention of the printing press and expanding to broader issues (historical & modern anti-piracy technologies, geographically-specific issues, as well as the rules of the Warez scene, its charters, structure and visual culture…).
The Pirate Book
Edited by Nicolas Maigret & Maria Roszkowska
Published by Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Co-published by Pavillon Vendôme Art Center, Clichy
Produced by Aksioma, Pavillon Vendôme, Kunsthal Aarhus, and Abandon Normal Devices
Supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, and the Municipality of Ljubljana
The Pirate Book was released in the framework of Masters & Servers.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views of the author only, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Translation Themba Bhebhe (Preamble & “The Downloaders”)
Proofreading Philip Jan Nagel
Design Maria Roszkowska
Many thanks to Janez Janša, Marcela Okretič, Pedro Mizukami, Jota Izquierdo, Christopher Kirkley, Marie Lechner, Ernesto Oroza, Clément Renaud, Ishita Tiwary, Ernesto Van Der Sar, Michaël Zumstein, Charline Guibert, Ewa Roszkowska, Pedro Soler, Evelin Heidel, Livia Radwanski & Eric Delplancq
All texts are copyleft; images are subject to their original licenses.
The present volume is a research work realized as a non profit initiative. This book must be available for free or sold at a price no higher than its production cost per copy. It couldn’t have been published if customary rules for the use of images were respected. For scientific reasons and in the name of freedom of expression, the authors of this book have decided to invoke the right to make the research results available to the public and ask for the approval of the authors of the images, who are neither quoted nor remunerated. Should anyone feel insufficiently acknowledged by this interpretation, they should please contact the publisher.