Intellectual Disobedience

A little talk I gave about Seder-Masochism-in-progress and Civil Disobedience at Brooklyn Law School’s “Legal Hackathon” several weeks ago.

10 comments to Intellectual Disobedience

  • I am so impressed by your forthrightness, clarity and vision.

  • unrequiredname

    Interesting. As a consumer, I developed a similar attitude. I’m seeing local & global secret non-democratic “trade” copyright treaties, mandatory warrantless electronic surveillance & modification legislation, “copyright insurance” draining public funds, even government corporations claiming copyright on public information. In an interview, the legislator who introduced one of those bills had to admit he hadn’t read it, so I’m guessing an interested party wrote it. Some blame American intervention, but governments don’t care about enforcing copyright; global corporations do, and they have influence.

    I don’t care about counterarguments anymore because they went too far. Lawyers are important, but there’s too much profit in copyright for it to not be a perpetual issue. The game is not only rigged, it’s become immorally complicit to play. The only way not to play is to not be that consumer. You’re right, “Ignore” is the best word.

    I’d love to see your full argument for Intellectual Disobedience as it develops! And Seder-Masochism of course.

  • Nina,

    Thank you for your work, not only your artistic work, but also your work in the area of (C), (CC), “IP”, and Free Culture.

    As a Public Access TV producer, I have always liberally used remixed copyrighted material in my work. However, this has always been on shaky legal ground.

    So far, the only way I’ve been impacted by this is when I try to upload a segment >15m to Youtube containing longer excerpts of copyrighted material, their DMCA-bot flags and rejects my video as being “too long”.

    One such piece is this one:, rejected by Youtube. IRONY: In this video I discuss Youtube and DMCA, and I also include your “Copying is Not Theft” video.

    It’s great to have you pushing the boundaries of Fair Use is such a public way.

    I believe this is extremely important work you are doing, and will certainly have ripples throughout our cultural pond.

  • Matt C

    Wow. Seems like every time I hear about you, you’re upping the ante again. Good luck, this could become a big story but (hopefully) could precipitate big changes for exactly that reason.

  • Czech Pirates love you Nina!

  • Petter Reinholdtsen

    When I try to play the Youtube video here in Norway using Gnash, I am told that “This video contains content from SME. It is restricted from playback no certain sites.” SME is Sony Music Entertainment, which I guess have claimed that they own (at least part of) this video.

    I was using “gnash” if you want to try to replicate the issue.

  • Tweety

    GEMA strikes back!

    In Germany too the video isn’t available due to claims by german rights clearing organization GEMA on behalf of SME

  • George Wyche

    I concur with Matt C.

    I am impressed with the care you are giving your psyche to defuse the “burn out” factor that “upping the ante” brings to personal energy.

    Do try to disseminate suggestions about ways your supporters can care for your worldly needs as time goes on… health insurance for a few years yet?

    Our family has been a fan of yours since Eugene, OR in 1980.

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