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Copyrights in a society of esteem? / Urheberrecht in einer Wertschätzungsgesellschaft?

In a society where esteem replaces competition, where esteem replaces the hierarchy of values there is no need for copyrights.

Having copyrights is needed where our reputation depends on our possessions.  Innovations or art works need to be protected by copyright because their possession guarantees us a good life and most of all money, the most important sign of esteem in our society. We need to prove that a certain work is ours to benefit of it.

In a society of esteem we don’t need any copyright anymore. Esteem is given to everybody for whatever kind of work we do. We can feel free to give our talent to the good for all freely and fearlessly because we receive esteem for our work.  A society of esteem acknowledges any innovation, any idea or art work and gives esteem freely to the creators.

There are indeed some first moves in this direction even in our society. The essay “File-Sharing and Copyright” of Felix Oberholzer-Gee discusses the need or not-need of copyrights arguing that file-sharing technology has not undermined the incentives of artists and entertainment companies to create, market, and distribute new works.

These are first steps toward a society of esteem being free of copyrights. People will share their knowledge freely.


In einer Gesellschaft, wo Wettbewerb durch Wertschätzung ersetzt wird, wo Wertschätzung die Hierarchie der Werte ersetzt, braucht kein Urheberrecht.

Urheberrecht wird dort benötigt, wo unser Ruf von unseren Besitztümern abhängt. Erfindungen und Kunstwerke müssen mit dem Urheberrecht beschützt werden, denn deren Besitz garantiert uns ein gutes Leben und vor allem Geld, das wichtigste Zeichen für Wertschätzung in unserer Gesellschaft. Wir müssen beweisen, dass eine bestimmte Arbeit uns gehört, um davon zu profitieren.

In einer Wertschätzungsgesellschaft benötigen wir kein Urheberrecht. Wertschätzung wird allen gegeben für welche Arbeit auch immer sie tun. Wir können uns frei fühlen, unser Talent frei und furchtlos zum Besten aller geben, denn wir erhalten Wertschätzung für unsere Arbeit.

Eine Wertschätzungsgesellschaft anerkennt jede Erfindung,, jede Idee oder Kunstwerk und gibt Wertschätzung jenen, die sie erschaffen.

Tatsächlich gibt es erste Bewegungen in diese Richtung in unserer Gesellschaft. Die Abhandlung File-Sharing and Copyright von Felix Oberholzer-Gee diskutiert den Bedarf oder Nichtbedarf an Urheberrecht, indem er darüber spricht, dass ein Teilen von technologischem Wissen die Motivation von Künstlern und Kunstunternehmen, neue Werke zu erschaffen und zu verteilen, nicht geschwächt hat.

Dies sind erste Schritte auf eine Wertschätzungsgesellschaft zu, die frei ist von Urheberrecht. Menschen werden ihr Wissen frei und willig miteinander teilen.

Society of Esteem: Etruscan art / Wertschätzungsgesellschaft: Etruskische Kunst

Etruscan art is extraordinary and at the same time unique.  There is a significant difference between Etruscan art and the art of the surrounding cultures of the time. Roman and Greek art expressed idealization and aggrandization, using marble to facilitate this goal.

The Etruscans improvised and captured the personal, the genuine moment on wood, stone or walls.

Looking at Etruscan paintings and sculptures we see faces from real life.  The faces are shown with human grimaces or broad smiles.  Also the Etruscans had no problems painting the body how it was – chubby bellies or faces aged with wrinkles.

No culture portrayed itself more faithfully.   With an abundance of different faces and types, delicate and vulgar, forceful and weak, smart and stupid the Etruscans were not afraid to reflect their real lives.

In a society of esteem people don’t need to keep up with idealistic forms and supernatural beauty.  Artists get esteem as well as everybody else and can create art freely.

When art isn’t judged for value reasons and isn’t used for getting attention it can express life in a very honest manner.


Etruskische Kunst ist aussergewöhnlich und gleichzeitig einzigartig. Es gibt einen bedeutsamen Unterschied zwischen der Etruskischen Kunst und der Kust der sie zur gleichen Zeit umgebenden Kulturen. Römische und Griechische Kunst drückten ästhetische überhöhte Idealisierungen aus, die sie durch den Gebrauch von Marmor erreichten.

Die Etrusker improvisierten und fingen das Persönliche, den wahren Moment ein, indem sie Holz, Stein oder Wände gebrauchten.

Wenn wir etruskische Malereien oder Skulpturen anschauen, sehen wir Gesichter aus dem wirklichen Leben. Sie zeigen menschliche Grimassen oder breites Lachen. Die Etrusker hatten keine Probleme den menschlichen Körper so zu malen, wie er war – fette Bäuche oder faltenreiche Gesichter.

Keine Kultur hat sich je so treu dargestellt. Mit einer Fülle an verschiedenen Gesichtern und Menschentypen, zart und vulgär, energisch und schwach, intelligent und dumm. Die Etrusker hatten keine Angst, ihr wirkliches Leben in der Kunst widerzuspiegeln.

In einer Wertschätzungsgesellschaft müssen sich die Menschen nicht mit Idealisierungen und übernatürlichen Schönheiten herumschlagen. Künstler erhalten die gleiche Wertschätzung wie alle anderen und können ihre Kunst frei ausüben und erschaffen.

Wenn Kunst nicht mit Wertvorstellungen beurteilt wird und dafür genutzt wird, um Aufmerksamkeit zu erhalten, kann sie das Leben in ihrer wahrsten Art darstellen.

Society of Esteem: Etruscan gender equality

In the last post we wrote about the fresco of an Etruscan banquet.  We focused on the fact that it shows both men and women sitting at the same table.

Greek or Latin commentaries of this unusual behavior speak very negatively about the Etruscans.  According to those ancient texts the Etruscan culture was decadent and rotten.  Why?  Because all the Etruscan women seem to be prostitutes – they sit at the same table with men.

In both Roman and Greek cultures only prostitutes sat at the same table with men.  For women it was forbidden to eat together with their husbands, fathers, brothers and friends if they didn’t want to lose their reputation.

The Etruscans didn’t have the same gender rules.  In Etruscan culture women and men received the same esteem.  It was normal for women and men to eat together.

There are other archaeological findings which demonstrate this culture of gender equality.  Another strong proof for such an esteemful living of women and men is a well-known sculpture of an Etruscan couple.

A terra cotta sarcophagus lid shows what appears to be a man and his wife reclining on a dining couch eating a meal or having a quiet moment after supper. Both figures are propped up on their left elbow with the man close behind the woman. Both faces share a secret, tender smile.  Such an artful expression of closeness and tenderness between man and woman was unknown in ancient Roman and Greek culture.

According to the idea of the Society of Esteem we can state that the Etruscan culture seemingly had a unique social intercourse at their time.  The Etruscans treated each other equally – independent of the gender.  Everyone, woman or man, received the same esteem.


Society of Esteem: Etruscan culture

There aren’t many remnants of the Etruscan culture.  Most of the few findings were discovered in burial sites.  It was precisely an Etruscan tomb where we found one of the most determining facts leading to the idea of the Society of Esteem.

Archaeologists discovered a fresco, painted on the tomb wall, with an extended illustration of an Etruscan banquet.

On the right side of the fresco there’s a long, festively decorated table.  Etruscan men and women are sitting around the table, drinking from opulant cups and eating a lavish meal.  Behind the table stands a flute playing musician.  On the other side, two figures arrive at the table bringing food on decorative plates.

On the left side of the fresco is a kitchen scene with citizens preparing food in large pots.  One person is walking from the kitchen toward the table carrying another plate with food.

We list the details of the fresco because it’s important to get a picture of the scene.  The traditional interpretation by archaeologists was that the mural showed a rich major-domo at dinner with his family.  The servants were thought to be his slaves – cooking, serving and entertaining him with music.

But when you look more closely at the details, a different picture emerges.  All of the participants, whether they’re serving or being served, are wearing the same clothing of wealth and good taste.  Each one, the diners, the servants, the musician and the cookers are all dressed in finely decorated clothing.

Another conspicuous detail is the fact that there are also women seated among the dinner guests – unusual for those times.

The new interpretation according to the Society of Esteem is:

The wealthy outfits suggest that there was no difference in status between the people being served and the people serving them.  Seemingly the cookers, the musician and the waiters received the same esteem for their work as did the family who was celebrating.

In the Society of Esteem there is no hierarchy of values which depend on possession of money or power.  Everybody gets the same esteem for his profession,  may it be waiter, musician or cooker or land baron.

You can find more information about the appreciation of professions and talents in the Society of Esteem in some of our previous posts.


Esteem in the book

Recently I have edited my first novel for children and teenager “Mysterious visit from Sikantis”.

The novel is about a 10-year-old boy called Richie who undergoes a most exciting and unusual adventure. At the same time the novel inducts entertainingly in the basic thoughts of the Society of Esteem.

A successful example to the interaction of pleasure and information!