Is piracy a class struggle or an organised crime? Is copyright a cultural construct? And who owns a song - the person who has written it, or the person who has bought it? One thing is sure: piracy is about love. At least if you ask some (but definitely not all!) of the Indian uploaders and downloaders and punk bands and anti-piracy fanatics, who we meet in 'Partners in Crime', which in high spirits and a low budget dives into a global underworld, which is growing proportionally to increasing bandwidths. Paromita Vohras explores the grey areas in the heated debate about cultural copyright. Not just film and music, but also books are being copied and sold on a large scale on the densely packed, Indian marketplaces. The artists demonstrate and the industry protests, but also for merchants films, CDs and books literally mean food on the table - no matter if they are for or against it. Vohras's eye for situational irony and the paradoxes of the problem is spot on. But the question is also whether we are witnessing the beginning or the end of the so-called culture industry?
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