Global Intellectual Property Center

Not even pirates are entitled to a free lunch

Not even pirates are entitled to a free lunch

Sir, I read with interest Christian Engström’s article, “Copyright laws threaten our online freedom” (July 7). Mr Engström begins by suggesting that access to Elvis Presley’s memory, not to mention his music, is unavailable online and thus a travesty to our “common cultural heritage”. This sounds compelling, until one learns that you can easily go to iTunes or many other sites to purchase legally and download Elvis’s hits. You can also visit the official Presley website, among others, to view all the pictures you want.

What Mr Engström and his Pirate party don’t like – and want to overturn – is the legitimate right of artists, creators and inventors to be rewarded for their hard work, inspiration and talents.