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A Conference on Media Piracy and Intellectual Property in South East Asia
Sponsored by the Goethe Institute, Manila, and the UP Film Institute

Date: November 24, 2006, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, UP Film Institute, University of  the Philippines, Diliman, Metro Manila, CMC Auditorium, Plaridel Hall

Programm Participants Proceedings Links Index



Tilman Baumgärtel:
The Culture of Piracy in the Philippines (pdf)

Tilman Baumgärtel: Piracy in den Philippinen (not yet published article for German weekly Die Zeit - in German)

Ravi Sundaram: Recycling electronic modernity

Terry Gilliam: Studios are the real Pirates

Jonas Baes: Towards a political economy of the "real": music piracy and the Philippine cultural imaginary

Peter K. Yu: From Pirates to Partners: Protecting Intellectual Property in China in the Twenty-First Century

Information wants to be free - but this is ridiculous
Wired, Issue 3.10, Oct 1995

Shujen Wang / Jonathan Zhu: Mapping Piracy in China
Theory, Culture, and Society 20 (4):97–125


DVD pirates paid off by film fest producers

Inquirer, Feb 17, 2006

Anti-piracy campaign nets P1B in counterfeit products
Inquirer, Oct 17, 2005

Eric S. Caruncho: Flipside - Cinema Paradiso,
Planet Philippines, Aug. 1st 2004

War on piracy continues warns OMB head Manzano
Inquirer, Jun. 24, 2004

Booting out the bootlegers
Dispatches, JULY - OCTOBER 2002, VOL. VIII   NO. 3



A site and blog accompanying J.D. Lascis remarkable book of the same title.

Contested Commons
The site and the comprehensive proceedings of a conference I wish I had attended at the Sarai Center in New Delhi.

Pirate Bay
The "world´s largest BitTorrent tracker" is run by a group of hackers, that have formed a political party that is currently running for seats in the Swedish parlament.

Kingdom of Piracy
Website of a media art exhibition in Taiwan that never happened because of its controversial subject matter.

Goethe Institut Manila
Website of the Goethe Institut for the conference

DRM Workshop at The Wyndham City Center Washington
Find the legendary "White Paper" from Microsoft on "Darknets" here.

Crappy Bootleg Covers
A hilarious site with covers of pirated DVDs at Flickr

Pirate Utopias - Under the banner of King Death
An interesting article from anarchist magazine "Do or Die" on the historical pirates and the relative freedom that the bucaneers enjoyed

Pirate Utopias

An excerpt from Peter Lamborn Wilson´s book "Temporary Autonomous Zones" on piracy as a site of utopianism and egalitarianism

Arr, matey: Pirates and piracy in the movies
A film program at the Pacific Film Archives


An introduction to the open software and copyleft culture

Conference on Piracy and Intellectual Property

A Conference at the Goethe Institute in Hongkong on the same subject matter


Alford, William P. To Steal a Book Is an Elegant Offence: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization. Stanford University Press, 1995.

Lascia, J.D. Darknet: Hollywood´s War against the Digital Generation. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2005

Lessig, Lawrence. Free culture. How big media uses technology and the law to lock down culture and control creativity. New York: The Penguin Press, 2004
Available online at: http://free-culture.org/get-it

Naim, Moisés. Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are hijacking the Global Economy. London: William Heinemann, 2005

Pang, Laikwan. Cultural Control and Globalization in Asia: Copyright, Piracy and Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2006

Phillips, Tim. Knock-Off: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods. The true story of the world´s fastest growing crime wave. London: Kogan Page, 2005

Sarai Media Lab. Contested Commons / Trespassing Publics. A Public Record. Delhi: Sarai Media Lab, 2006 (available online at http://www.sarai.net/events/ip_conf/)