Piratbyrån presents:

Four Shreddings and a Funeral

- A walpurgis ritual on spring mountain

Legal/Illegal

Copying takes place everywhere and all the time. To use digital data is to copy it. No matter if it's from hard drive to RAM memory, from one portable device to another or from peer to peer. No matter if the physical distance of the copy is measured in millimeters or miles. No matter if the copy travels through a neurological path, through cable or wireless, on plastic discs, chips or constellations of cells.

Still some people prefer to speak for or against file-sharing, as if it was an isolated phenomena. As if the alternatives was no more than two: file-sharing networks or selling digital files.

Yesterday we walked around with megabytes in our pockets, today with gigabytes and tomorrow terabytes. The day after tomorrow, for a reasonable price, we will have tiny storage devices that contain more film, music, text and images than we can ever incorporate into out lives. Everything ready for immediate transfer to another persons device.

Here/There

There is no longer an archive that is yours entirely. Neither an archive completely open to all. The divide between private and public networks, copies and performances does not comply anymore. What's left are networks through which you have more or less access to different archives. There are localities and communities to take part in, technical and social barriers to access, but there is no fundamental difference between a copy from your external hard drive and one from an open file-sharing network.

File-sharing has a potential to create meaning, community and context -- a bigger potential than most other forms of reproduction. We want to keep talking about how that potential may be realized in the best manner possible, how cultural circulation can be organized and how the unleashed forces of the open archives can be used for more that stacking a pile of objects which we care less and less about. However, we want to stop explaining why file-sharing is righteous or not - as if there was a choice between copying and non-copying.

Free/Charge

To ask if distribution of film and music should be free or cost money is like asking if it should be free or cost money to attend a party. Sometimes, someone manages to charge a toll when we want to enter a space that summons something better than the spaces that are free, but no one would even think of banning free parties. When do you actually have a party, and when are you just having some fun?

The files are already downloaded. The files are already uploaded. They've been going up and down and in and out in abundance. Instead of discussion how the forces of winter are going to sell snow to Eskimos, we want to talk about how to extract meaning from this abundance.

Art/Technology/Life

The digital networks makes processes, identities, contexts and works infinitely connected. The division between creator, work and consumer is a bleak way of describing cultural circulation and digital lifeforms.

The cost of upholding copyright's abstract relations between art, technology and life is a world that is mute and ever more depopulated.

Hence, we are not about anti-copyright but more - Thank you and good bay (sic!). Let's have a fucking party!