Paulo Coelho On SOPA: 'Pirates Of The World, Unite And Pirate Everything I've Ever Written!'

from the it's-good-to-share dept

We've written about the hugely-successful Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho many times before, because he is a great example of an artist embracing piracy as a boon not a bane. So it's great to see him offering his thoughts on SOPA:

I have nothing against people earning money from their books; that’s how I make my living.

But look at what’s happening now. Stop Online Piracy Act (S.O.P.A) may disrupt internet. This is a REAL DANGER, not only for Americans, but for all of us, as the law – if approved – will affect the whole planet.

And how do I feel about this?

As an author, I should be defending ‘intellectual property’, but I’m not.

Pirates of the world, unite and pirate everything I’ve ever written!
He then goes on to address two common objections to this attitude: that's he's rich enough to distribute books for free, and that other artists need money to live. To the first, he points out that being rich means he could have stopped writing years ago. He keeps on creating for the same reason that he started when he was unknown and poor: "because it gives me pleasure and gives meaning to my existence." To the second point, he writes:
‘Pirating’ can act as an introduction to an artist’s work. If you like his or her idea, then you will want to have it in your house; a good idea doesn’t need protection.

The rest is either greed or ignorance
Those pushing SOPA and PIPA should read what this world-famous artist writes about piracy -- and maybe even try some of his novels, too. After all, they could not only download them for free, but they could do so without looking hypocritical.

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    AzureSky (profile), 2 May 2012 @ 8:13pm

    Re: Scabby Moon Pudding

    please dont blame the author for this, I know its hard to separate those feelings, I have a friend who HATED one of my favorite authors not due to his works, but because a prof at his school required one of his works for a class he was forced to take.

    he was forced to buy a 2nd hand hard cover because people who knew what was coming had cleaned out every local new and used book store's copies of the paperback.

    the place that still had copies had used book club 18bucks each(no, im not kidding...i saw images of the price tag and recept)

    he couldnt enjoy the book feeling so slighted by the price....

    a couple years later I managed to get him to read the guys first book, without him realizing it was from that author, he got threw the first book and was calling me and messeging me online over and over wanting to know who it was by and where he could get the rest of the series...

    the next day, he had gone to a large used book store in a nearby city and came home with new and used copies of every work the author had ever done or co-wrote.

    I dont blame you for feeling adverse to the school or teacher, or even the book, but please, dont blame the author.

    note: the books above where "fairy tail" and "magician" by Raymond E Feist. im really not sure why the instructor/teacher picked "Fairy Tail" but he did....

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