Lecture : 14 September 2012 01:01

Semesterplan – Autumn 2012: Lectures :

`The Articulation of Protest´ : Lecture by Rasmus Fleischer

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OCA hosted Rasmus Fleischer as speaker to lecture about current developments and polemics within ‘social media’ and the reality of a social engagement within these channels. In his analysis, Fleischer considered how enthusiasm and skepticism towards the internet, may in some cases, be part of the same counter-revolutionary coin. This presentation was meant as an attempt to understand how speed or its contrary, delay, may become a resource for a deepened critique of our contemporaneity.

Rasmus Fleischer is a Swedish historian and co-founder of Piratbyrån (The Bureau of Piracy), a group closely aligned with the Pirate Bay. He has written extensively on how anti-piracy movements are today fiercely attacking different kinds of search engines solely because they provide links to files which may be copyrighted – with Google among the very few uncontested. Gray zones are fostered by obsolete copyright laws, which according to Fleischer found their golden age roughly between 1800 and 1950 specifically around publications without a revisionary evaluation as to their applications within digital technology – that according to Fleischer, are set out with the purpose to copy digital information. Facing these realities, copyright industries have gone to the level of a draconian defensive creating an environment of juridical surveillance that effectively constitutes net censorship and consequently to one-side licensing deals. In recognising that creative practices ‘thrive in economies where digital abundance is connected to scarce qualities in space and time’, Fleischer maintains that there can never be a question of finding one universal business model for a world without copyright. But then a more urgent question is to be posed – ‘what price we will have to pay for upholding a phantasm of universal copyright?’.

Photo: OCA / Anne Marte Tørresen Sørås