Interdictor goes CC.

 

From now on, all material released by Interdictor will be licensed according to CC BY, or
Creative Commons Attrtibution 4.0”.

Creative Commons Licence

This will cover everything released as well as upcoming releases.

 

This gives YOU the right to use Interdictor audio and material in any way you want,  both for commercial or non commercial purposes. Possible uses include listening to, downloading, sharing, uploading, printing, selling or renting. You could use our music in movies or commercials, or you could remix it and give or sell the remixes.

The only thing we want in return is to be attributed as the creators of the original content. You’ll find more information about the CC BY license here.

So why don’t we default to the good old “Copyright” spell and spend our efforts on finalising our upcoming release rather than bothering with licensing formalities?

The word “copyright” is a legal concept of information control and has roots stretching as far back as to the 15th century, where books almost exclusively were produced in monasteries. Besides keeping the prices well out of reach for most people, the catholic church could and did control which information that went into print.

When Gutenberg invented the printing press in year 1451, the Catholic church raged against the new technology and the liberation of information it represented. Heavy lobbying activities were directed toward European rulers. In France, a law was enacted, strongly prohibiting the use of printing presses and any violators would be executed. However, the law was circumvented by a large number of print shops just outside the French borders and illegal imports of printed matter.

Eventually, the use of the printing press spread and with it, knowledge and ideas. Furthermore, criticism against the ruling church spread through Europe which ignited the process that lead to the protestant reformation.

The phrase “copyright” was created in the mid 16th century in London where queen Mary I committed herself to reverting England to catholicism. Her eagerness to persecute protestants rewarded her with the nickname “Bloody Mary”. She shared the fear of the printing press with the Catholic church but she was also aware of the failed attempts to ban it, despite threats of severe punishments.

Instead, she worked out an agreement covering the London printers guild. They were only to print approved matter and in return they would be granted monopoly. They would be granted copyright.

The agreement proved to very profitable for both parties which made it a success. However, Mary I died just one year later and was succeeded by her sister who didn’t share her sisters catholic plans for England which remained a protestant country. However, the copyright lived on.

 

Fast forward to the 21st century:

The internet has changed the way we interact socially, spread ideas and share culture. The history repeats itself and when browsing through the history of the copyright concept, it is obvious that the peoples need to share and retrieve information will make them risk punishment if necessary, even if they might have to face the hardest possible punishment within the law.

As the major media producing corporations are watching their revenues decay, they are getting desperate. More and more aggressive countermeasures are being deployed. While the driving force behind the lobbyism of the media corporations is clearly commercial, this interest quite often coincides with state governments desire for control.

Today, the battle is not about file sharing, nor about what is illegal or not within the scope of electronically transmitted media. The battle and the consequences of its outcome is now about the foundational principles of the internet and what it will become in the future.

 

Will it be a non-governed, non-commercial global communication platform which ultimately could redefine the concept “democracy”?

Or a delivery and marketing platform, moderated by governments and fueled by corporations where your rights are proportional to the amount of money you are able to spend?

 

That is why you´ll never find a copyright label on anything Interdictor.

 

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We told you so!

Darren Aronofsky is one of my personal favorite directors with masterpieces like Pi and Requiem for a dream in his portfolio. I once read an interview with him about the making of Pi and “all the Kabbalah stuff…” in it. The reporter wanted to know how much of it that was true. Darren replied: “Basically most of the stuff about the math and the Kabbalah is true. The fiction is in the glue that holds it together.”

Interdictor loves technology and embraces it fully. Hey, after all we are a fucking industrial band. 😉 As far as we know machines haven´t turned upon mankind yet. We keep doing a pretty good job with that ourselves. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and support the evolution of mankind. Nowadays corporate interest, personal careers, greed, fear and corruption seems to put the agenda for how technology should be used. An infinite sadness for how these matters are evolving led us to writing the song Josef K. I feel even more dejected repeating Darrens words when it comes to Josef K: “The fiction is in the glue that holds it together.”.

I am not going in to any explanations of our songs more than the obvious. I think people deserve the right to make up their own mind and interpret art the way they like without having it all served like a fastfood dish. Josef K is obviously a fictional character in a fictional future. The context of the story  is not that fictive at all. The latest weeks events just made that point even clearer. Enormous amounts of resources and time is put into a project called PRISM. The soley purpose of that project is to monitor people and their actions in the digital world.

You could argue that people who has nothing to hide should not be afraid of such a thing. Well that is just pure BS. The idea that this kind of project is created to ensure the security of the public is also pure BS. There is no state with such noble intentions. Not anymore. The purpose of that project is control. Control in the west was lost when people started to abandon the idea of a higher power to rule us all. Then there was TV. Control was back. A streamlined channel of opium for the masses, straight into peoples living rooms.

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Then control was lost again when people shifted their focus from being brainwashed by cable TV to exchanging ideas over the more anarchistic internet. Control is power, power is $. What is happening behind the scenes here we don´t even want to know. It´s ugly, it´s counterproductive for mankind and it´s provoking for everyone who want to live their own lifes in their own way. Another band in the electronic arena once created a great song containing lyrics like: “work, produce, be used”. That is not the way we should live our lives.

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Therefore I got to say thank you to Edward Snowden. It´s not that I didn´t know that PRISM exists. That is probably only the top of the iceberg. As much as I really wish we didn´t have to say that we told you so (But, hey: WE TOLD YOU SO)  I am greatful to Snowden for showing everyone without doubt what is going on. I have to admit that I would never sacrifice my job, my freedom and my family for the sake of mankind. I would not expose secret stuff and then have to go to prison for the rest of my life or even being killed. If you sign a contract of secrecy you are meant to keep a secret. You should think about it before signing. But I am very greatful that there are people like Snowden. We all choose to protest in our own way. When it comes to Interdictor we keep writing songs, and always remember:

It´s easier to resist, in the beginning than at the end

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