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With Roger Wallis in Stockholm

Amongst the denizens of the filesharing universe, Roger Wallis is the man of the hour. A successful composer, who in recent years has dedicated himself to researching the politics and economics of the music industry, he took the stand at the trial of The Pirate Bay in Stockholm to argue that the aggregate effect of sharing music was to increase musicians’ revenues by raising  income from live performance. Needless to say, this point of view did not ingratiate him with representatives of the music industry, who attempted to question his credibility as a researcher.

At the conclusion of his appearance, on being asked by the judge whether he would like to be reimbursed for his expenses, he responded only that he would like some flowers to be sent to his wife. What happened next is already folklore: supporters of the Pirate Bay inundated his wife with hundreds of bouquets, and when they discovered that there was an excess of flowers they started sending chocolates, donations to charities and letters of appreciation.

Simon and I spent a couple of hours in the Wallis home today shooting an interview, which I will post sections of as soon as possible, as well as providing some links to his work. In the meantime here’s a photo of him at the piano playing us a couple of bars. The eagle-eyed will note the musical scores bearing his name on the piano easel.


March 2, 2009 - Posted by | copyright, material culture, p2p, Pirate Bay, social cooperation, steal this film, Sweden


  1. Nice blogpost!

    Comment by calandrella | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. Sorry, but I can’t be interviwed tomorrow, since I need to visit the dentist.

    Comment by Calandrella | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  3. Now I’ve fixed that dentist visit, so now I can be interviewed tomorrow.

    Comment by Calandrella | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hello, we talked at the Spectrial Party about an interview with my father. He will be in Stockholm in a few days! Email me at the adress I provided here, Or him directly, Adress on his site

    Comment by Johan Ronström | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  5. Ao’? Che stai facendo? Passi a Roma?
    Il sito di laser non funziona più, puoi toglierlo dai link 🙂

    Comment by andrea | March 29, 2009 | Reply

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