3-week boycott of the media-industry, 9 days left - The articles from UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Three week Global media-boycott / 3 veckors global köpbojkott mot media-industrin  / drei vochen medien boycottieren / trois semaines de boycott des médias / três semanas de mídia boicote / tres semanas de boicot a los medios de comunicación

A thing that started as an idea friday jan 30 is now in the works, almost 2 out of 3 weeks has went by and over 70 bloggers and 1400+ has joined the facebook-event.
Just 3-4 years ago, a boycott took months to plan and years to implement.
Now its just a matter of weeks, and in this case only a matter of days.

I'm proud of what we all have managed to accomplice this far, but its still a long way to go.

As stated by the founder Michael Gajditza - Svensk Myndighetskontroll.

"It's about time we consumers show these Hollywood clowns and their attorneys what consumer power is all about.

The way I see it, we have a chance to send a powerful message to the industry if all file sharers can agree to not buy any records, films or games for three weeks.
(This event is for all to join, not just file-sharers /my comment)

There would be two effects.
First, a reduction in sales, but above all, it would send a message to the industry that we file sharers actually do buy the stuff we download to test out or sample prior to purchase.

The problem is getting the message out to the public at large, so if you read this and think it's a good idea, spread it on blogs and to friends to make this a truly global boycott.

If enough people join this, within and outside this Facebook event, we can make a difference.

The boycott starts February 9th, 2009 and ends March 1st, 2009

The items on the boycott-list are:

* No purchases of CD's.

* No purchases of films.

* No purchases of computer games.

* No visits to movie theaters.

* No movie rentals.

The boycott started February 9th, 2009 and ends March 1st, 2009

(Margareth Osju.)

But it is also up to you what you want to do with this.
We need your input, a boycott has to be bigger then its founders because the founders aren't what's important, it is the issues and the things that are at stake.

This is a matter of human rights.

In the UN's universal declaration of human rights there is 5 articles that directly has effect on the issue of filesharing and copyright laws.

Article 12, 19, 27, 29 and 30.

Article 12.
  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
This means that what is implemented on certain countries in the IPRED-law, the industries has the right, if they can convince a judge, to force their way into your home seizing your computer and other items they feel necessary to collect evidence against you, freeze your bankaccount and blackmail you for tens of thousands of $ saying "pay this fee now or we sue you for 10 times that amount" and this for a crime that (in swedish law) is to be compared with shoplifting.
I mean, come on...

Article 19.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
When the industries tries to shut down the internet on filesharers and the possibility to share information through p2p or bittorrent, even legal information and non-restricted materials, they are atempting to deny us this fundamental right.

Article 27.
  • (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  • (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

This is an article that this industry can point at when it comes to their part of the human rights issues.
But read closely, does it say that the person or the industry has that right?

Article 29
  • (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

Again, here is an article that the industry can say applies to their rights to restrict access to information.
And i agree to a certain point, but those laws, the todays copyright laws, can be changed, so is it really a fundamental human right to sue ppl for wanting culture?

Article 30.
  •  Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

This is what it comes down to, now you have to choose which of these articles you believe should set in front of the other.

Freedom of speech and access to information, or copyright.

Until copyright laws are changed to suit todays society i choose freedom of speech and access to information.

Whats your choice?

Join the facebook-event: link here.
Support us by blogging and link to one or all of these bloggers and your blog will be added to the list.

Bloggers that support this boycott are:

Svensk Myndighetskontroll (founder), Scaber Nestor, Jens Odsvall, Farmor Gun i Norrtälje, Sidvind, Olofs Blogg, Mina Moderata Karameller, Calandrella, Argast Nu, Satmaran, Thomas Hartman, Scratches and Dust, Zac's åsikter, XORbot, Ett otygs funderingar och betraktelser, Anna Troberg, Henrik Alexandersson, Jörgen Boström, Lars-Erick's Blogg, Updiggers, Alla dessa åsikter, Anders Widén, Erik Hultin, El Rubio, Anohito, Sanna: Mina ord, A.Mikael Eriksson, Bitches, Bruises, Booze & Blackouts., Christian Engström (pp, Törnebohms Hotspot., Kattkorgen, Sagor från livbåten, Tango för enbenta, Sultans Blogg, Kulturbloggen, Margareth Osju, Eyesx, Mikeees Songs, Hampus Algotsson, Hellre upplyst än nedsläckt , Out Off Line, Silvertörne, Nuttes Funderingar, Promenader och Utflykter, Udda Bitar, Ninablogg, Tempus Fugit, Annarkia, Elftown, Zebrastyle, Tankefel och Dylikt, Isak Gerson, Jan Sjöholm, Hjalmar den Onde, Andreas Viklund, Arvid Österlund, JMB, Pastor Bentonit, Dexion, a system apart, Aspiebloggen, G-Svampen,

Articles of interest:
Expr, SvD, DT, CBC, The Guardian, The Observers, Journalism UK, TechRadar,

New Zealand Herald on the ridiculous new Copyright Laws that already denies citizens of NZ access to information, denying them their right to free speech.

TG Daily reports that US President Barack Obama questions the constitutionality of copyright fines.

Canada.com on the copyright-laws in Canada of 2008.

Pinged at Twingly, Intressant

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Postat av: Erik Hultin

"....and ends March 1st, 2009"

Nope, it doesn´t end March 1st, 2009. At least not for me. :-)

2009-02-21 @ 09:53:04
URL: http://erikhultin.se
Postat av: Jens O

@Erik Hultin:

The next step after the bojkott ends, is taking place.

Sorry Scaber that I missed this artikle, in my latest blogpost.

2009-02-21 @ 10:38:46
URL: http://www.odsvall.se/blog/
Postat av: scaber nestor

No worries Jens, you can write about it tomorrow ;)

2009-02-21 @ 10:51:55
URL: http://scabernestor.blogg.se/
Postat av: Anonym

"# (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author." -"But read closely, does it say that the person or the industry has that right?"

Well, yes, at least the person ("of which he is the author").

But, of course, "moral" is the attribution right (which we want to keep) and "material" is the right to stop others from using one´s work commercially.

2009-02-21 @ 13:12:56
Postat av: scaber nestor

@ 13:21

At the cost of free speech?

2009-02-21 @ 18:56:44

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