Translated by mastermind Joe Timberwolf aka Jörg Fassbender.
This for once is a very German strip. It refers to a topic which is very hot right now in Germany. In the last couple of weeks a kind of “copyright war” evolved in this country. Roughly speaking, it seems to be artists vs pirates (we actually have a new party in Germany called “The Pirate Party“). While the Pirates demand the reformation of the German copyright laws, some artists complain about the lack of appreciation for their work and fear the consequences of a drastic change in the laws. It has become a very furios and complicated debate, the disputants make use of very strong language and the positions of the different parties are hardening.
I’m trying to keep track of the debate, but it has really become almost incomprehensible. There are many dangerous half-truths, misunderstandings and false accusations on both sides and therefore it’s hard for me to form an opinion. As the term “webcomic artist” conveys I can understand parts of the argumentation of both the net community and the artists, but I cannot take position as long as I don’t understand all the facts.
I just wish that the debate would be less aggressive, so that there’d be a chance for a REAL discussion.