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The Piracy Project is an international publishing and exhibition project exploring the
philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of
reproduction. Through research and an international call for submissions The Project
has gathered a collection of more than 150 modified, appropriated and copied books
from all over the world.

The collection, which is catalogued online, is the starting point for talks and work
groups around the concept of originality, the notion of authorship and politics of
copyright. The next set of events will be hosted by The Showroom in London in 2013.
The Piracy Project is an collaboration between AND Publishing and Andrea Francke. 

The Piracy Project is not about stealing or forgery. It is about creating a platform
to innovatively explore the spectrum of copying, re-editing, translating, paraphrasing,
imitating, re-organising, manipulating of already existing works. Here creativity and
originality sit not in the borrowed material itself, but in the way it is handled.

If you are interested to submit a book project for the collection please email

A pirated Vargas Llosa novel bought in Lima, Peru in 2010, that went on sale
a week before the official version arrived in bookshops.

The Piracy Lectures

As part of The Piracy Project we would like to invite you to join a series of lectures
around book piracy, the concept of authorship and politics of copyright.

5 MayThe New Pierre Menard: digitisation and everything after, James Bridle
12 MayCopy and Paste: re-reading uncreative writing, Eleanor Vonne Brown
19 MayAuthorship & Originality in Art, Daniel McClean
26 MayThe Incunablum and the Plastic Bag, Maria Fusco
2 JuneThe Copy Continuum: cultural perceptions of piracy, and the future of ideas, Bobbie Johnson
9 JuneOf Pirates and Archivists: the boundaries of copyright limitations and exceptions
and the underground archiving movement,
Prodromos Tsiavos


A Day At The Courtroom
Saturday, 15 June 2013, 2–5pm

In a performative debate our three guest lawyers will use their different legal backgrounds
to explore concepts of legality, illegality and the nuances in-between assessing selected
cases from The Piracy Collection.

Lionel Bently is the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property at the University
of Cambridge and author of several books about Intellectual Property including
“Copyright and Piracy, An Interdisciplinary Critique”.

Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is a New York based artist who practices art law (The Law
Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento) and runs the Art and Law website

Prodromos Tsiavos is legal project lead for Creative Commons England, Wales
and Greece, advises the National Documentation Centre / National Hellenic Research
Foundation and runs CIMPA (Creativity: Models for Innovation and Access).

Entry £3. Please pay at the door.

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ