Pirate DJ Jackets from Mexico


Vor ein paar Wochen bloggte ich über Nicolas Maigret und Maria Roszkowskas Pirate Book, ein nettes Print-On-Demand-Teil über die Geschichte und Gegenwart der Urheberrechtsverletzung. Seit damals sind ein paar spannende Postings und Essays hinzugekommen, die sich vor allem mit Piracy in Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern befassen, hier eine Story von Christopher „Sahelsounds“ Kirkley über Handy-Sharing in Afrika, hier eine über Pirate Video Clubs in Brasilien, eine über die „Shanzhai Industry“ in China und hier eine Story über die Sonidero Pirate DJ-Economy in Mexiko.


Ich mag ja speziell die Pirate-DJ-Jacken, hat ’was vom Branding der Crews in der Warez-Scene und da fehlt eigentlich nur noch ein eingesticktes „Greetings“ an befreundete Pirate-DJ-Release-Groups, oder so.

One of the most interesting elements of media piracy in Mexico are Sonideros. They are very popular sound systems, sort of animators or DJs playing on the street every weekend. […] With the development of new technologies, people started to record the Sonideros’ performances and then sell them again in Tepito. So the Sonideros realized they could sell their own live CDs. That’s why after an hour of live show, you can buy the “First hour live CD” and after two hours the “Second hour live CD,” etc., all in real-time. […]

Some people buy those CDs to sell them again on the street – music is always in movement. Others, like “Discos Benjy” Studio, for example, come to three or four Sonideros’ performances every weekend, record them live with a camera, edit them, and a few days later a new video is out on the street markets. […] Some informal vendors who go to Tepito buy these CDs/videos and re-sell them again in the subway and buses out of Tepito, as their own production, by changing the cover, adding an intromix, etc. There is even some competition between the “Orignal/Copies” and the “Copies/Copies” vendors because they all have their own pride about it. You can buy a copy, but if you change something, you will be creating and selling a “new original.”