Woman strips in public to protest e-book pirates (NSFW video)

Woman strips in public to protest e-book pirates (NSFW video)

Summary: What's the best way to protest e-book piracy? Brazilian author Vanessa de Oliveira believes it's scribbling the phrase "NO TO PIRACY" on your chest and back in red ink, and then proceeding to strip naked outside the Governmental Palace.

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Woman strips in public to protest e-book pirates (NSFW video)

Vanessa de Oliveira, a former international call girl and Brazilian author of five books, on Thursday stripped in front of the Governmental Palace in Lima, Peru (NSFW video). Her reason was simple: she's tired of eBook pirates and wants her voice to be heard.

Oliveira arrived at the Plaza de Armas in the back of a truck. She then jumped out, stood in front of the Government Palace, and peeled back a long dark coat revealing the words "NO A LA PIRATERIA" (NO TO PIRACY) strayed across her chest and back in red ink.

Here's what Oliveira said, according to El Comercio (I'm paraphrasing based off what Google Translate spits out in Chrome):

I'm doing this so my book is not pirated anymore anywhere in the world. A country is built with culture, with books. Pirating books endangers culture. This is the first country where I've see this phenomenon. In Brazil, there are no pirated books. What I'm seeing here is a disgrace.

Oliveira had more to say on her website (again, rough translation):

Some people will find it crazy, others will condemn, some say that a lone protest accomplishes nothing (really?), There will be those who applaud the act and there are those who will sprinkle me ... No matter, after all, what I did today on behalf of others' opinions? Nothing. And so I intend to continue.

And believe me, the last thing I do is remain silent in the face of an injustice and if no one else will I go alone, because if I see a hope of changing a situation there is no fear that intimidates me, I am away or exhaustion overwhelmed me drop.

The author goes on to explain how all her books had already been pirated when she arrived in Peru. Oliveira said the launch of her most recent book was the last straw. 14 hours after the debut at the International Book Fair, it was already being sold illegally on the street. She complained that going to the police was a waste of time as was asking pirates nicely to stop. That's when the redhead decided to take a more radical approach that would actually have an effect.

TorrentFreakput it best:

And for those cynics thinking that this was just some sort of sexually motivated anti-piracy publicity stunt to sell more books, wash your dirty minds. The fact that Oliveira is appearing today at the Chamber of Commerce in Lima with a presentation titled "Seduce Clients" has absolutely no connection to what happened Thursday.

Something tells me Oliveira will see an increase in both sales and the piracy of her books. I wonder how exactly she'll feel about that.

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Emil Protalinski

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  • Standard*2

    It's a good thing she didn't paint BIGBOOBS in hexadecimal on her chest. Otherwise we'd have to listen to some preachy sermon about how life has done her wrong.
    Robert Hahn
    • Do unto others

      as you'd have them do unto you.

      The moment people forget that antiquated aphorism turns a decent society into a nasty one...
      HypnoToad72
    • It never ceases to amaze me the sense of entitlement

      From the nerds. "I'm a nerd and life has been hard on me so I am justified in stealing other people's work".
      happyharry_z
      • What stealing would that be?

        I'm guessing your problems in life stem from your inability to define things correctly.

        Firstly, legally it isn't defined as theft, so it can't be called stealing.
        Secondly, unless there would have been a 'sale' the artist isn't losing anything.
        Thirdly, since when do 'nerds' listen to any of the 'most' pirated music for instance. i.e. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-10-pirated-music-bittorrent-today/

        The reality is it's 'normal kids', with the emphasis on kids, that are downloading the vast majority of chart music.

        Being then that the majority of downloaders are middle class kids with excess pocket money I doubt many of them feel hard done to.

        The same can be said for film, or do you really think that the majority of people that watched Spiderman were grown ups? Think about it ... they didn't give it a PG-13 to appeal to the adults!
        Pastabake
      • Sense of Entitlement?

        Oh the irony.

        It would seem to me that its the 'artists' of today have a sense of entitlement. They seem to think that just because they have created something they have a right to extract money from anyone that comes into contact with it.

        I've yet to see a piece of software, film, book, or an e-book that you can return after 'consuming', even a small portion of, for a full refund on the basis that it was an unfulfilling and aesthetically inadequate experience.

        If that day ever came, I think you'll find a heck of a lot of 'artists' looking for better paying work.

        However, lets be realistic. This so-called artist wasn't primarily complaining about copyright infringement, downloaders or anything of the sort. It was a cunning plan to make the world aware of her existence and thus sell books off this exposure ... unfortunately when they find out it a pile of **** they wont be able to get their money back.

        I doubt you even knew who she was before you saw this article.

        Oh and the irony isn't lost on me that she was a prostitute before she decided to get into selling bundles of paper.
        Pastabake
  • Some will "sprinkle" her?

    What kind of porn did she do?
    Hallowed are the Ori