Piracy and death penalty
Anyone interested in the history of piracy, I mean real piracy, on the seas, knows that what those men and women were affronting when caught was death by hanging.
May be for this, they gave no quarter, because if they were captured, the only thing they could expect was a rope. Or may be that was the other way? Which was first, the egg or the chicken?
Anyway, there is some people whom nowadays, in the XXI century, remembers those ages in which pirates were hung to death. It is the case of Frank Nevrkla, CEO of Phonographic Performance Ltd., who in his addressing to the group’s AGM, he sent out some pearls:
Thank you, David, and thank you for putting some of those pirates behind bars. I know that regrettably capital punishment was abolished in this country some 50 years ago, sad it is, but a few years in jail is probably pretty OK…
To the industry I would say, we would be well advised to delete two or three words from our vocabulary entirely and they are ‘promotion’ and ‘promotional value’. There is no such thing in the 21st Century. There is usage, there are benefits, hopefully often, if not always to both sides but there is no favour in it and no indulgence and no promotion.
Without any doubt, a full declaration of his intentions, not to say a declaration of war…
By the way, I hope that Mr. Nevrkla, in fact, the equivalent of Teddy Bautista (CEO of SGAE, the only private enterprise in charge of collecting money from copyright) in Spain, old violinist whom does not play since 1976, pays diligently his royalties part for quoting and paraphrasing a couple of fragments from the movie “In the name of the father”, in which a judge regrets the detainees were not charged with treason to the crown (piracy was), which implies death by hanging.
And after paying his quota to Jim Sheridan, I hope that Mr. ex-violinist gets some of his own country’s history. Death penalty for piracy was abolished in 1998. After that, he should retire to a cave, to meditate until the end of his days.
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