Often it is easy to let our emotions get in the way of our rational thoughts, and our lack of the ability to perform the Kolinahr makes it even more difficult to set aside our desire for personal and short term pleasure, in favour of the greater good and long term enjoyment for all of us. For our movement to thrive, we must be able to move past our selfish desires and keep our eye on promoting our movement and embracing what it stands for.
Recently many pirates have been circulating their pleasure over Louis Vuitton’s lawsuit against Warner Brothers for falsely claiming that a bag in the movie “The Hangover Part II” (not to be confused with their previous intellectual property battle before the film was released on DVD, which was against the tattoo artist that did the design on Mike Tyson). Claiming that it’s good that they are getting a taste of their own medicine and that maybe now they will see how abusive their own actions are.
While it would be nice for Warner Brothers to realize that their practices are abusive, they never will… they will look at these two issues as two totally separate things. Furthermore, if Louis Vuitton wins their court case it could have a major impact on the future of filmmaking, especially for indy films. Props are very common in films because they allow the director to convey a scene without spending a massive amount of money for the real thing (it’s acting, after all). This trial going to court poses a risk that a jury may side with Louis Vuitton and create a precedent that you cannot film a movie with props.
The dangers of the precedent aside, we should fight for intellectual property reform… that’s our core platform. Without the need for intellectual property reform, we would have never become a movement. As a civil liberty movement (which goes hand in hand with our arguments against current intellectual property laws), we should realize that rights apply to everyone. If we don’t defend Warner Brothers now, then we are not standing up for our beliefs. Yes, it’s hard to stand up for someone who hates your very being, but we are better than them.
As pirates we must stand together and give Warner Brothers our support, we must stand hand in hand with them and say “We know that you hate us, but that is for something different… as long as someone is trying to stop your right to free speech, we will defend you”. If you look at what you believe in, you will realize that defending them might be difficult, but it is the right thing to do. We must always stand against people who try to hurt free speech or by profiting off the creation of others through the disguise of “Intellectual Property”.
Keep your eye on the prize pirates, always defend what is right… do not let your emotions get in the way of truth and righteousness. We are the bringers of the new era and every action counts.