Top Pirate Party Member Has DMCA Takedown Notices Issued In Her Name

from the thinking-it-through dept

Julia Schramm is one of the rising stars of the German Pirate Party: in April, when she was just 27 years old, she was elected to the national party's executive committee. No surprise, then, that she is against copyright: in a podcast she described intellectual property as "disgusting" (original in German.) More surprising is that, despite this, she signed a contract with Knaus-Verlag, part of the publishing giant Random House group, to write a book. Perhaps the $130,000 advance had something to do with it.

The book is called "Click me: confessions of an Internet exhibitionist", and sells for around $22 ($18 for the Kindle version), which seems a bit pricey for just 208 pages. That wouldn't matter if the contents were of particularly high quality. Alas, it seems that many feel they are not: at the time of writing, the book has 10 one-star reviews on Amazon.de, some of which are pretty damning -- "it's really a shame about the trees that were cut down for this book" -- just two five stars, and one three stars. The German magazine Der Spiegel called the book "a disaster."

Schramm can probably live with the reviews (after all, she still has that $130,000 advance.) What's slightly more problematic for her career as one of the top Pirates is the fact that just one day after the book appeared, her publisher sent a takedown request to a site that was hosting a, er, pirate copy -- and in her name:

"This file is no longer available due to a takedown request under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by Julia Schramm Autorin der Verlagsgruppe Random House."
Given her background and stated views, some might say that's pretty, well, disgusting....

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 18 Sep 2012 @ 11:52am

    Re: Re: WTF?!

    shouldn't be about the money, she should do it for the movement that shes trying to support by being in the Pirate Party. And maybe do one of the pay what you want for it or a donate type thing for people to support her. Stepped in to the line of fire and embrace piracy like we have been seeing some content creators recently.
    Most recent article http://www.techdirt.com/blog/casestudies/articles/20120917/20071120413/pirate-bay-pays-off-one-enter prising-game-developer.shtml

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