Norwegian author Anne B. Ragde is a staunch advocate of intellectual property rights. As an author, that stance is not very surprising, considering that she makes her living off people paying for the things she writes. She has made her share of strong statements about the subject of piracy too, as highlighted in this excellent story from The Escapist:
"Piracy scares the hell out of me. I do not know what to say. I lose sleep at night over it," she said in an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. "I have figured out that I've lost half a million kroner ($72,500) on piracy of my books, maybe more."
"I can not stand the thought of someone stealing something," she continued. "I look at Norwegian musicians who have to do live concerts. We have nothing to live on other than the physical product."
But Ragde apparently doesn't practice what she preaches - especially when it comes to stuff she has had no hand in creating. First, there is the public acknowledgement that she enjoys purchasing knock-off handbags:
"I feel that the genuine Prada bags have such an inflated price," she said.
Prada would say the price is just right. Then there is the matter of her iPod. According to her son, she also enjoys downloading MP3's without paying for them. More from The Escapist story:
As she made a list of the many legitimate purchases she's made, presumably to defend her overall pattern of behavior, her son Jo decided to help out by reminding her about the iPod she apparently neglected to mention. "You have a pirated MP3 collection," he said. "We copied the first 1500 songs from one place and 300 from another."
"Yes," she admitted. "There were a lot of things on the iPod."
Professor Olav Torvund of the Center for Law at the University of Oslo said that Ragde had made a fool of herself and should repent by buying all the music she downloaded, burning the knock-off bags she purchased, and issuing an apology. She did none of those things, but did promise to delete all the tracks off her iPod. She also blamed her son for most of the downloads. .