French Film Director: “There is no such thing as intellectual property.”
Influential French New Wave film director, Jean Luc Godard, has donated one thousand euro to the defense of Jean Climant, who has been accused of downloading more than 13,000 mp3s via bitorrent. Godard has been vocal in his criticisms of intellectual property law: “I am against Hadopi [the French internet-copyright law, or its attendant agency], of course. There is no such thing as intellectual property. I’m against the inheritance [of works], for example. An artist’s children could benefit from the copyright of their parents’ works, say, until they reach the age of majority… But afterward, it’s not clear to me why Ravel’s children should get any income from Bolero…” It looks like Godard is putting his money where his mouth is.