Intellectual Property: a Lecture by Jorge Cortell
Two screenshots from the lecture (oddly, the polar bear is the symbol of NUUG)
In this lecture given by Jorge Cortell to the Norwegian UNIX Users Group (NUUG) on the 17th of November, 2005, Mr. Cortell discusses the idea of intellectual property and how - at it's core - it is simultaneously absurd, prohibitive to human progress, socially suicidal and probably just another corporate grab for money and power. Closer to home, Cortell portrays file sharing as more akin to marketing than stealing, and he backs this assertion up by showing that sales for "intellectual property" have actually risen since the rise of P2P.
Jorge Cortell-Albert taught Intellectual Property Law and eCommerce for the Multimedia Internet Applications Masters Degree at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) before he was fired due to pressure from corporate media interests. Jorge is also an active lecturer and researcher focusing on the interplay of business, technology, and intellectual property law, and the impact that interplay has on consumers and politics.
Spanish Copyright Society Hounds University Teacher Out of Job
by Cory Doctorow
May 20, 2005
I just got an email from my friend Jorge Cortell, a copyfighter and academic in Spain, whom I met at the Creative Commons España launch this year.
Jorge teaches "Intellectual Property" in the Masters program at the Polytechnic University of Valencia UPV. He proposed to give a talk on the benefits of P2P and talk about the law relating to P2P and copyright in Spain. He proposed to demo what sort of legal uses one could make of copyrighted works from P2P networks, and informed the Spanish collecting society, the national police and the attorney general to let them know what he was up to.
They responded by leaning on the Dean, who cancelled Jorge's venue. Jorge booked another venue, and the Dean cancelled it. So Jorge moved his talk to the cafeteria, and delivered a five hour session to a packed house.
On May 4, the Dean ordered the director of Jorge's program to demand his resignation, which he tendered. The Vice-Dean then added insult to injury by issuing a statement saying that Jorge had never taught at the university (!), in a surreal, Stalinist purge (Jorge has taught at the University for five years).
This is a shameful act of censorship and a betrayal of the principles of academic freedom. It's a national shame that Spain's powerful collecting societies can simply order the termination of any university teacher who teaches things that displease them.
The PDF linked through this image is 6.5 MB and is the source for all of the large text photos in this post.
Source: online MPEG1 digital archive
Video: XVID, 512x288(16:9), 25fps, 435Kbps
Audio: MP3, 22.05Khz, 31Kbps(VBR), Mono
Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Part Size: 350 MB
Ripped by: PolarBear
About the Rip
I can't tell the difference between this rip and the original three MPEG files I got it from, so the video is as good as it can possibly be. Also, don't let the 31Kbps(VBR), single-channel audio freak you out - it sounds just fine as it's the equivalent of two-channel, 80Kbps(CBR).