[Flug] (fwd) [copyDOWN] Appello di supporto per Textz.com

Anonymous cripto@ecn.org
Lun 1 Mar 2004 19:15:32 CET

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Subject: [copyDOWN] Appello di supporto per Textz.com
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 14:12:38 +0100

Vi invio questa brutta storia che ha coinvolto il collettivo di Textz.com.
Stanno vermanete in una brutta situazione e hanno bisogno di aiuto...
Se potete, fate girare...

Copy Adorno, Go To Jail? Textz.com Doesn't Think So

The Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Culture, 
presided by Jan Philipp Reemtsma, has just advanced science and culture 
to a whole new level: Sebastian Luetgert, the founder of textz.com, is 
facing a warrant of arrest and may go to jail if he fails to pay more 
than 2,300 euros in damages for the alleged copying of two essays by 
Theodor W. Adorno that the foundation claims as their "intellectual 
property". Reemtsma was kindly asked to settle, but refused.

The case dates back to August 2002, when the foundation filed for a 
preliminary injunction against Luetgert at the Hamburg State Court, 
referring to the alleged distibution of two works by Theodor W. Adorno, 
"Jargon der Eigentlichkeit" and "Fascism and Anti-Semitic Propaganda". 
Since not a single e-mail was sent to notify textz.com of the matter, 
and since written notification failed to reach the defendant, textz.com 
only learned about the issue after a few days. The works in question 
were immediately removed from the site to avoid any further legal hassles.

In December 2003, Luetgert found himself confronted with a warrant of 
arrest, obtained against him by the Hamburg Foundation, citing unpaid 
claims related to the unauthorized copying of said works. In January 
2004, Luetgert addressed the issue in a letter to Reemtsma and asked for 
a scholarship so he could pay this debt and avoid jail time. Reemtsma 
did not reply, but handed the letter over to his foundation's lawyers - 
Senfft, Kersten, Voss-Andreae & Schwenn - who insist on the payment of 
2,331.32 Euros for alleged damages and legal fees.

Textz.com believes that an "intellectual proprietor" of Theodor W. 
Adorno and Walter Benjamin who claims to advance science and culture by 
sending people to jail for taking Adorno and Benjamin serious is 
seriously wrong on a whole number of points. The Hamburg Foundation 
undererstimates the resistance of their possessions against their legal 
protection just as much as their lawyers underestimate the ability of 
the Internet to route around damage. In the end, they may even be wrong 
in thinking that they will ever get their property back.

Today, in an open letter (http://textz.com/adorno/open_letter.txt), 
Reemtsma has been notified that his foundation's "intellectual property" 
has been returned to the public domain. This first-of-its-kind protest 
signals a refusal to let copyright holders and lawyers censor the very 
works they pretend to protect and control what the public can archive or 
read. There is a universal right to copy that will never cease to apply, 
and there is copyright legislation that will.
The spectre haunting the scientific and cultural industries is a new 
commons materializing before their very own eyes. We're just at the 

February 24, 2004



How you can support textz.com:

- Spread the word. Tell your friends, tell a journalist, write about it, 
put it on a website, post it to a mailing list, etc. Textz.com is also 
available for interviews, just mail to press@textz.org.

- Sign our petition at http://textz.com/adorno/petition.html.

- Write a letter to Jan Philipp Reemtsma, Hamburg Foundation for the 
Advancement of Science and Culture, Mittelweg 36, 20148 Hamburg, 
Germany. If you like, send a copy of your letter to textz@textz.org.

- Donate to textz.com via http://textz.com/adorno/donate.html.

- Buy a copy of Robert Luxemburg's "The Conceptual Crisis of Private 
Property as a Crisis in Practice" (http://textz.com/crisis). All 
proceedings will go to textz.com's fund for legal expenses.

- Put our "Free Adorno" banner (http://textz.com/adorno/banner.gif) on 
your website, and/or link to http://textz.com/adorno.

- Meet textz.com at Neuro Festival, February 26-29, Munich, Germany 
(check http://neuro.kein.org for details) and join our discussion about 
further strategies in this case.

- Select all, copy, paste, save, upload, share. Reappropriate. (And 
remember: there is no need to break what you can circumvent. Don't 
innovate, imitate.)


Related links:

Documentation of our correnspondence:

Press coverage:

Open Letter to Jan Philipp Reemtsma:

The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction:

Franz Kafka on "intellectual property":

Textz.com mission statement, early 2001:

What others say about textz.com:

The textz that textz.com is all about:

Some state-of-the-art copyright circumvention technologies:

Some more stuff we have not yet been sued for:

Drop us a line, send us a text, or subscribe to our newsletter:

Finally, while freeing Adorno, please free the Grey Album too:


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