Questions have been asked regarding the re-publication of the texts of the Internationalist Voice. These questions have also been raised by Internationalists (International Communist Current), the question being what is the communist and revolutionary position on copyright? According to the internationalists, copyright is a bourgeois defense of one of the most sacred principles of capitalism, namely, the right to property. Communists do not believe in proprietorship in any of its forms. In none of the internationalists’ publications, literature or websites can the logo and the words “copyright” be found, while all the circles and parties of the left and right of capital stress copyright in their websites and publications.
Stamping the copyright logo on revolutionary and communist literature is in direct conflict with the primary duty of communists, namely their tireless efforts in promoting and developing the internationalist and communist positions. Internationalist Voice does not stamp copyright on its texts.
Despite the fact that Internationalist Voice does not believe in copyright, in the texts translated from the Communist Left or the texts that are replicated, not only the source but also links to the main source are included, so that those who are interested can read the original source. Naming the source is not done in order to “get permission” but is rather in line with a contribution to the transparency of the political tendency, and also contributes to the possible convergence or divergence. Naming the source also indicates a political solidarity with the source’s political tendency.
With regard to its basic political positions, Internationalist Voice has only posted and will only be posting its articles and pamphlets to the communist and revolutionary currents, namely the currents of Left Communist (internationalists). We have not sent texts or pamphlets to any group, circle or the current of the left of capital.
Because Internationalist Voice has not stamped the copyright logo on its texts and does not believe in publishing rights, some circles or sites have published texts or translations of Internationalist Voice without informing us. If the circles or currents of the Left of Capital, in line with their counter-revolutionary interests, only publish our texts in order to create confusion and spread illusions in the political milieu, then surely their counter-revolutionary function from a communist perspective must be brought to light.
In order to spread a more internationalist position on copyright we will attempt to translate the testament of one of the prominent figures of the left communist, Comrade Bordiga, which we hope will help give more transparency to the question of Copyright.
22 October 2012