Author Strips Naked To Protest Book Piracy; Probably Works As Well As Anything Else
from the that-is-to-say,-it-won't-work dept
Not quite sure what to make of this, but ZDNet has the story of Brazilian author Vanessa de Oliveira stripping naked in public to protest infringing copies of her books, both printed and digital, in Peru. She wrote "NO TO PIRACY" (or, rather, "NO A LA PIRATERIA") in red ink on her front and back, and disrobed in a public place (in front of the Governmental Palace in Lima, Peru) with lots of cameras and press around. Obviously, there is video, though, of course it is certainly NSFW (depending on your place of work):
The ZDNet piece provides some rough translations of what de Oliveira had to say on the matter, including claims that there is no book piracy in Brazil (totally not true) and that infringement of books "endangers culture" (also empirically not true).
If it's not obvious, this is clearly a publicity stunt around her book, which according to TorrentFreak's article is "based on her experiences bedding nearly 5,000 men." Uh, yeah.
But the thing that struck me about all of this is that this sort of thing probably works about as well as any other "anti-piracy" technique. Well, if anything, it might do more to increaseboth piracy and sales of her book, as it may increase interest in the book. But I fail to see how it does anything whatsoever to decrease piracy.