I came to know through my niece that The Witch of Portobello, my last book, It was already circulating on the Internet even before it was printed.. I was perplexed: How could something like this have happened?
The next step, Of course, was to go to all the search engines to locate the manuscript, always without result. Nonetheless, my niece showed me the original. I assumed it had been sent by one of the five people I usually show my texts to before publishing them., but that meant suspecting beings I love. Also, I have been sending you my manuscripts for years., and this type of leak had never been given to the general public. Nor was it logical to hold the editors responsible, They have no interest in freely disseminating what is their source of income..
I decided to forget about it: after all, The Internet is truly a means of democratizing culture. But, anyway, I kept chasing my niece, of 24 years old, to tell me where he had gotten the manuscript. After much sneaking, She ended up discovering a universe that I, I've been surfing the net for ten years now., I was completely unaware, and it is absolutely impossible to control (How will I explain at the end?, although I think that most of the people who read this text already know what I mean).
And since there is no way to fight against the impossible, I just asked him to show me this gigantic spider web. And that was how, for four hours, I got into the skin of a “pirate” of myself. This niece maintains that there is nothing wrong with this, That's what Internet culture is like., This is precisely how the world is changing., and not with the anti-globalization demonstrations in world forums.
But, what is internet culture? According to his words, Access to information and pleasure is part of everyone's fundamental rights. If you have money to buy a book, one buys it and that's it, since it is much more pleasant to read books printed on paper. But just because you lack money, you don't have to give up your rights.: you have to find a way to exercise them.
How? There is a strange area on the Internet known in English as “Peer 2 Peer”. I looked for a translation (in a free internet dictionary) and it comes to mean, more or less, "from peer to peer", although it is also known as “Peer to Peer” or simply “P2P”..
How originated? My niece has the answer well learned: At first the intention was none other than to satisfy the desire to communicate. Then came the need to talk to several people at the same time.. But talking wasn't enough: it was necessary to share the experience of listening to certain music, to read a certain book, to see the movie that fascinated us… At the time when there were not even laws on the matter, los bytes were exchanged freely. When the entertainment industry finally found out about this and the repression began, young Internet users always stayed one step ahead. So until today.
The concept also changed: Before what was interesting was sharing with friends what was admired, while, nowadays, The aim is to leave something that we consider should be shared available to whoever wants it..
It consists more or less of the following: I buy a book, I like, I scan it completely saving it on my hard drive, and at the same time I open a tunnel so that someone can get here and take it away. I, for me, I enter this same tunnel to go to other people's computers, and I also take everything that interests me (usually songs and movies). Little by little, This material ends up distributed throughout the world, and there is no way to prevent it from being copied.
After that, my niece showed me that only in one of the many areas of “Peer 2 Peer”, can be found 325 my works, in various languages, recorded on hundreds or thousands of computers. I have to confess that I felt very honored with the discovery: It was proof that readers are really the key element in the dissemination of a work, although this is done through unconventional means.
It's clear that I'm not going to tell anyone how to get there. (involves a whole series of legal procedures, and it could complicate my life). It will also not be useful to type the expression in search engines: These will not provide any Open Sesame. But if you have someone in your home with less than 18 years old, Without a doubt this person already has a collection of songs that come from this place.. Ask your child, to your grandson or nephew.
But, por favor, Don't tell him that I just found out about this only now.: It's going to seem like I'm too old, and I will lose a reader.
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