[NetBehaviour] Lecturer censored in Spanish University (UPV) for defending P2P networks
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed May 25 12:17:16 CEST 2005
*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".
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