One minor common theme around all the different "glue boards" was to try to reclaim or counter the propaganda use of the word "pirate" . Piracy is an evil crime involving hijacking, murder, rape, torture , robbery etc. and it still goes on today off the coasts of Africa and Indonesia. Piracy is not something from maritime history, it still flourishes today. Only this month a British cruise liner escaped an attack off the coast of Kenya and Somalia, from a couple of small boats which fired Rocket propelled Grenades and AK47 at the ship.
For the music and film industry copyright propagandists to equate the crimes of piracy with the civil torts of copyright infringement dishonours the victims of real pirates.
One group of what the satircal novellist Tom Sharpe would have described as "word merchants" seemed to be trying to provoke things in a self described Trotskyist agitprop way, bravely exhorting others to create the conditions for revoloution. Apparently this might be achieved not by figthing repressive and technologically ignorant laws, politicians, corporate lobbyists and journalusts, through publicity and political lobbying, or the creation of a grass roots movement. What they were discussing was, according to Nick Mailer
Markets in the Online Public Sphere by Williame Heath published today by the NuLabour think tank the Institute for Public Policy research , could perhaps spark off some more useful discussions than peculiar and irrelevant