IFPI: The Pirate Party Shouldn't Be Allowed To Hold Its Positions

from the fascinating dept

I haven't been posting about the formation of local versions of The Pirate Party (a name I still hate) in places like the UK and Finland because I actually don't think it's that big a deal. However, Ville Valtasaari writes in and alerts us to the response of the IFPI to the formation of the party in Finland, which, oddly, seems to suggest that the IFPI doesn't think The Pirate Party should be allowed support its own positions at all:
"We are absolutely against the idea that any political party can give their support to the idea of free use of protected content."
Apparently freedom of political expression isn't high on the list of things the old recording industry likes. I have no problem with the IFPI saying that they disagree with the reasons for The Pirate Party's platform, but that's not what's being said here. The IFPI is claiming that no political party should be allowed to support such positions. Of course, the quote also totally misunderstands the party's position, but that's not much of a surprise.

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    Jerry Leichter, 20 Aug 2009 @ 7:09pm

    Translation?

    It's amazing how much attention can be applied to the exact wording of a statement that is either a translation, or was made in English by someone for whom English is not his mother tongue. ""We are absolutely against the idea that any political party can give their support to the idea of free use of protected content." Read that again. Does it sound like colloquial English to you? The whole sentence structure isn't "natural" for English.

    The use of verbs like "can", which have complex and subtle meanings, is exactly the kind of thing that trips up non-native speakers. The "permission" aspect of "can" is not the primary one; in fact, in most contexts, one would prefer "may" for permission and "can" for "possibility". But he can't possibly me that it's *impossible* for the Pirate Party to hold such positions, since they manifestly do.

    I can't tell you what Arto Alaspaeae actually meant. I wasn't there, I can't ask him. I certainly believe he strongly disagrees with everything the Pirate Party stands for. But I doubt he was trying to dictate what positions they should be *allowed* to take.

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