They Never Learn, Do they? - [Spain]
Published Friday, May 20, 2005 by Angelo Embuldeniya | E-mail this blog post
Jorge Cortell, a teacher
at the Polytechnic University of Valencia
, Spain, was forced to resign after a talk about P2P networks. His side of the story can be read on his blog
.) Some pics from Jorge's presentation can be seen here
.An excerpt from his blog: "The day before the conference, the Dean (pressured by the Spanish Recording Industry Association 'Promusicae' as I found out later, and he recognized himself in a quote to the national newspaper El Pais, and even the Motion Picture Association of America, as another newspaper quotes) tried to stop it by denying permission to use the scheduled venue. So I scheduled a second one, and that was denied again. And a third time. Finally I gave the conference on the university cafeteria, for 5 hours, in front of 150 people."
So it's not just happening in Bahrain, a university in Spain is censoring their professors and most inmportantly messing around with intellectual and academic freedom of speech! Are we as students, teachers, educators and parents going to standby and let this happen? I doubt so.
So, this summer semester - 2005, I'm going to do a presentation on 'the legal use and benefits of the P2P networks, even when dealing with copyrighted works'
at UCB, NYIT, AMA and any other local university that offers students' majors in the IT career, of course, I will be featuring some work by Jorge and let's see if I will be stopped! If anyone cares to join me, feel free to drop me a line