Natalie Gravenor | Wednesday September 15th, 2010
Just heard about this on Facebook by way of Filmshaft reposted from BoingBoing:
Jean-Luc Godard has donated EUR 1,000 to James Cliement, who is facing a EUR 20,000 fine for downloading over 10,000 mp3s after the French (read: Sarkozy administration) toughened up their copyright infringement legislature in 2009. The ‘three-strike’ process sees blacklisting from internet service and stiff penalties for “repeat offenders”.
This is what the director had to say about the issue in May 2010 :
“I am against Hadopi [the French internet-copyright law, or its attendant agency], of course. There is no such thing as intellectual property. I’m against the inheritance [of works], for example. An artist’s children could benefit from the copyright of their parents’ works, say, until they reach the age of majority… But afterward, it’s not clear to me why Ravel’s children should get any income from Bolero.”
In the 1960s Godard coined the phrase and concept of not just making political films but making films political(ly). His support of Cliement shows that he really walks the walk, too.