PARENTS ARE THE PIRATES (collective book)


54 “authors”+1

parents are pirates

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Presentation at oXcars award ceremony of the collective book:

54 “authors”+1


How was this book written?

This book was written for the OXCARS.

The following people/groups were invited to write/illustrate in 400 words or less one or more of the “themes” that also provided the framework for the Manifesto that follows.

Theoretical and essay form/styles were not eligible.

Deadline: one and a half months from receipt of invitation

Fee between 50 € and 120 € as specified by the “author”. Many did not accept payment, or invested it in the sustainability of a project.

The identity of the others was revealed to participating authors in a second stage.

The title and the licence were chosen collectively.

The print version of the book, which can be downloaded online, is sold for 3€ in order to cover its cost and future reprints.

And the THEMES are:

– Culture in the digital age: new “profitabilities”

– The creative ecosystem in the digital age: now or never

– Digital information is what today’s memory is made of

– Copying and its benefits

– Lies, bits, the inquisition and P2P

– 13 000 000 pirate households: piracy doesn’t exist, parents are the pirates

– Banning communication in the communication age

– P2P: Do we really want to follow in the footsteps of Pakistan, China,
France and Sudan?

– Let’s talk about the middlemen: restructuring in times of crisis.
Culture existed before the cultural industry

– Lost profits is counting your chickens before the hatch (and culture
is the chickens)

– Public domain vs. Parasites’ benefit

– The right to quote: the key to the link economy


Alqua: made in community.

Richard Stallman: is a programmer and the leading figure in the free software movement. His programming achievements include the text editor Emacs, the compiler GCC and the debugger GDB, all as part of the GNU Project. But his influence rests more on his having set up a moral, political and legal framework for the free software movement as an alternative to software development and distribution by the private sector. He is also the inventor of Copyleft (though he didn’t coin the term), a method for licensing software in such a way that it will always remain free and its use and modifications will always be for the benefit of the community.

Jaromil: Also known as Rasta Code, Jaromil is a free software programmer, a media artist and activist.

Vacuum cleaner: The vacuum cleaner is a cultural resistance collective of one, fashioning radical social and ecological change.

Telekommunisten: Dmytri Kleiner is a Soviet-born, Canadian software developer and independent researcher investigating the intersections of art, technology and political economy. Dmytri is co-founder of Telekommunisten, a German/Canadian collective based in Berlin. Telekommunisten undertakes practical and symbolic projects which examine questions of communications and property, promoting the ideal of worker self-organisation of production as a form of class struggle.

Carlos Sánchez Almeida: After graduating with a law degree, he joined the legal profession in 1987. He is a partner of the law firm Almeida, Advocats Associats law. He specialises in law, the Internet and new technology and has been a member of Fronteras Electrónicas España. His books include: “Todo está en venta. Globalización, Internet y Derechos Humanos” (2000), “La Ley de Internet” (2002), “República Internet” (2004).

Jorge Cortell: A European-born citizen of the world and the net, a hacker and an activist. Ex-external lecturer on “Intellectual Property” at the Masters of Multimedia Applications, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, which he was pressured to resign from by the Motion Picture Association of America and Promusicae after giving a lecture in which he claimed that “Intellectual Property” does not exist, and that it’s good to share. He is currently on the board of directors of a music production company, and manages a free software and medical technology company that exports to every continent.

Franco Berardi Bifo is a contemporary writer, media-theorist and media-activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978). Like others Involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970’s, he fled to Paris, where he worked with Felix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. During the 1980’s he contributed to the magazines Semiotexte (New York), Chimerees (Paris), Metropoli (Rome) and Musica 80 (Milan). In the 1990’s he published Mutazione e Ciberpunk (Genoa, 1993), Cibernauti (Rome, 1994), and Felix (Rome, 2001). He is currently collaborating on the magazine Derive Approdi as well as teaching social history of communication at the Accademia di belle Arti in Milan.
He is the co-founder of the e-zine and the telestreet phenomenon.

Carlos Sues

Emmanuel Rodríguez: Author of Gobierno Imposible, published by Traficantes de sueños in 2002.

Universidad Nómada: Founded in 2000, Universidad Nómada has been operating ever since as an anti-capitalist, antiracist, de-colonial and feminist laboratory based on theoretical and intellectual production and transmission.

Hamlab / Patio Maravillas:
Hamlab is the self-managed laboratory of Patio Maravillas’ hacktivist group.

Xavier Theros – Accidents Polipoètics: Xavier Theros was born at midday on a sparkling spring day in 1963, when he barely had the gift of language and not a single hair on his head. Since then, he has spent more than ten years on a series of quite unexpected stages with Accidents Polipoètics, side by side with Rafael Metlikovez, with whom he has just published the book “Todos tenemos la razón” (Ed. La Tempestad). In it, they delight us with their singular vision of the world and history, employing big doses of humour, absurdity and crankiness, as well as a symbolic rear vision mirror from a 600.

Teresa Malina /compartir es bueno: A blog and a group of activists who organise events in favour of free culture.

Javier Cuchí: Webmaster, author and the man behind the blog “El Incordio”; part of the internet users group Asociación de Internautas, and one of its board members since September 2007; head of the brand new project Linux-GUAI (Grupo de Usuarios de la Asociación de Internautas); member of the Hispalinux Advisory Council. He received the medal for “Dedication” at school in 1963, and that has remained his crowning distinction to date… He has been described by one of his six or seven readers as “a man who is always angry”. He is a public servant and doesn’t earn very much at all, so basically, don’t pay any attention to him.

Hugo Pardo Kuklinski: Researcher and developer of institutional web and mobile Web 2.0 applications (Proyecto Campus Móvil – 2008). Doctorate in Audiovisual Communication and Publicity, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Senior lecturer, Department of Digital Communication, Universitat de Vic. Visiting Professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Group, Stanford University, USA (2007). Author of the book “Planeta Web 2.0. Inteligencia colectiva o medios fast food” (Grup de Recerca d’Interaccions Digitals, Universitat de Vic. Flacso México. Barcelona / México DF. 2007). Coordinator of the project “Campus Móvil. Mobile devices and Web 2.0 applications. Towards designing a prototype of university teaching innovation” (Funded by a grant from the J.Castillejo program. Ministry of Education and Science. Spain).

Cristóbal Cobo: Lecturer. Director of Communication and New Technologies, FLACSO-Mexico. Doctor in Communication Sciences (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona).

David Maeztu: A lawyer and activist in defense of copyleft and the freedom of authors to decide how to manage the rights they are entitled to by law. Scholar of the right to freedom of expression on the Internet, in particular the rights and obligations of blogs.

Miguel Brieva: is a bipedal and sometimes rational being who was born in Seville in 1974. Apart from ingesting food and inhaling oxygen relatively often, he also creates or collaborates with publications such as Dinero, Bienvenido al mundo, El Jueves, La Vanguardia, Periódico Diagonal, El País, Rolling Stone, Cinemanía, Ajoblanco, Qué Leer, Mondo Bruto, NSLM, Recto, Tos, Freek, Nervi and the Gossip Column for the Parish of Our Lord Saint Stephen Protomartyr.

Juan Ramon Pinto /Miscelanea superior: part-time rabble-rouser. Juan Ramon Pinto is part of the project, and as such he is interested in free software and free culture in general, like so many others he keeps a blog, he participated in indymedia for a long time and he is now starting up a new online information project:

Rogelio López Cuenca: poet and visual artist.

Arturo Quirantes: author of Cómo sobrevivir a la SGAE

Straddle3: Straddle3 perceive architecture as a complex configuration of the lived environment, which can be constructed using words, sounds and bits as much as stone, wood and bricks. Straddle3 approaches each project with an open mind but always taking into account the specific conditions of each specific context. They call themselves builders due to a natural tendency to be directly involved in the construction phase of the works, be they physical, design-based or electronic. They like to work with the person or group who initiates each project, because they see the process as an opportunity to collaborate and not as a personal challenge. Stradle3 also forms part of an extensive multidisciplinary network largely formed by groups, companies and experts in urban design, construction, structures, landscape architecture, art, technology, software and sociology, allowing them to take on a wide range of projects.

Pepe Rovira: political activist, writer, poet, co-star of the movie El Taxista Ful and member of the dinero gratis assembly. Precarious humorist, philosopher with a predilection for short sentences.

Álvaro Porro- Opcions: activist working for agroecology, housing, rural workers struggles, de-growth…. He experiments with other ways of life at the rural-urban squat Can Masdeu. Alvaro Porro is a writer-researcher for the magazine Opcions and a lecturer on issues relating to ethical consumerism. He has made a documentary and publishes a quarterly magazine, both covered by copyleft licences.

Zemos98: a cultural production and arts collective with an international scope, that has been carrying out its activities in Seville since 1995. Zemos98 is formed by team of communication and technology theorists who study sound and image and inhabit the net as they would any other space for communication, learning and creativity. is an initiative created some three years ago in order to provide information and denounce the ways in which we were all being manipulated by copyright fanatics. The No soy pirata (“I’m not a pirate”) publishing project is intentionally as neutral as possible and has managed to reach many people. It has become the online point of reference for the activist movement and people who are concerned by the systematic insults they are subjected to by certain parties on the copyright lobby.
Made up of a small number of activist internet users, No soy pirata doesn’t seek to play a prominent role – they are just driven by a desire to inform and unmask the daily lies of an industry and a political class that positions itself against citizens and new technology

Mercè Molist Ferrer
: is a Barcelona-based journalist specialising in the Internet and related issues.

My Dad’s Strip Club (UK): My Dad’s Strip Club celebrates dissent and its members are dysfunctional. They discovered the ability to operate in the incorrect way by engaging in acts of interruption in all the wrong places and have been watched by surveillance camera operators worldwide.

Federico Guzmán: is a craftsman of images an explorer of creativity. He has always cultivated his interest in art as a means to create knowledge and common ground among people. His recent solo projects include La enredadera de la serpiente (Benveniste Contemporary, Madrid), La Bella Embalada (Pepe Cobo, Art basel Miami Beach) and El mato de tomaco (Encuentro MDE 07, Medellín). He has also been part of group projects like Expedición a El Dibujo, with Spanish and Colombian artists, museo de la calle with the collective Cambalache and Copilandia with Gratis.

manje/Manuel Jesús Román Estrade: editor of,

Fundación Rodríguez: has been operating as a collective since 1994. In that time, they have organised and coordinated a number of contemporary culture and new media projects. The Fundación Rodríguez always endeavours to adjust a project’s conception to its execution, based on theoretical reflection that suggests new curatorial formulas and new forms of producing, spreading and distributing art. Gradually, their work is becoming rooted in ideas like the dissolution of formats and the transmission of free knowledge.

Ana Mª Mendez

Juan Freire: is a biologist, university lecturer and entrepreneur who explores the role of innovation, strategy and technology in social networks, organisations and cities.

Tatiana de la O: a multimedia hacker with very extensive experience in techno-political tools used by and for social movements. She has collaborated with projects like Indymedia Estrecho and She is half of the “nerd files”, an internet radio program for free software maniacs. A specialist in Internet video, Tatiana has worked and collaborated with several P2P TV projects like joost ( and miro (

Free software solutions for this and other worlds. Josianito is a digital facilitator and new media educator. He runs one of the centres participating in the project “ómnia”, a network of telecentres fighting to overcome the digital divide in Catalonia. He teaches new media and is a co-founder of targz. With Tatiana de la O., he presents the Nerd Files, a radiozine on technology and free software.

Javier Candeira is a writer, teacher, artist and activist working in the
intersection of culture, politics and technology.

Ignasi Labastida i Juan: Ignasi is in charge of the Office for Knowledge Dissemination at the University of Barcelona and is Project Lead for Creative Commons Spain.

Manuel M. Almeida / Mangas Verdes: is the deputy director of the newspaper ‘Canarias7’, the person in charge of the website and the author of the blog Mangas Verdes (, among others. As singer-songwriter, he has released two albums, ‘Nueva Semilla’ and ‘En movimiento’, and as writer he has published the novel ‘Tres en Raya’.
For his blogging, he was awarded the 2004 prize for the Best Internet and Technology Blog, and his blog was named Best Weblog in Spanish at the 2006 Bobs. He was a finalist in the 1997 Alba/Editorial Prensa Canaria International Prize for Novels.

Compartir dóna gustet: Traditional oral culture, directly transmitted culture, peer to peer culture. Paella on the streets culture drinking from a shared wineskin, wild rave culture sharing the music and the dust. FREE CULTURE: SHARING FEELS GOOD. We are losing spaces for socialising and community. Public spaces are being invaded by advertising, with its rigorous civic-spiritedness and postmodern (or modern, or whatever you prefer) fascism.
When did it happen? We live with it in silent discomfort. What does it mean to hold one person’s banquet in a public park? What does it mean to dislodge elderly people from their only meeting place: if you want to talk, go to a bar and spend some money? The same goes for the criminalisation of file sharing. And the cultural industry makes music to suit the market and our money ends up in the pockets of management middlemen. Everything sounds the same and everything has the same taste.
SHARING FEELS GOOD it feels good to share old, new and future music, viral videos, chats and theories, the odd dinner and dawn paella-plus-snack, folk dances or MTV moves, some physical contact if it should arise, and watch out, the house is tumbling down. GO ON!!!! It’s not hedonism, it’s the wisdom of living, and at some point we lost it or…

Pau Ros (Barcelona 1965)

Duro Toomato is a sunburned Balcan gentleman with no manners. He writes stories one sentence long, but it takes him hours to tell one.

John Jordan merges the imagination of art with the radical engagement of activism, he has worked in the anti-capitalist and ecology movements, from Reclaim the Streets through to the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army and the Climate Camp.