Repertorium: Textz.com

Collection Title:

Textz.com

Identification/URL:

http://textz.com

Creator:

Sebastian Lütgert

Abstract:

Textz.com was a warez database for texts. Run by Sebastian Lütgert/ROLUX since 2001 with the slogan »we are the & in copy & paste«.

One could find text with and without copyright, fictional and theoretical texts, manifestos, articles and song texts. Texts by Theodor W. Adorno side by side with texts by the autonome a.f.r.i.k.a.-Gruppe, Douglas Adams appeared next to Klaus Theweleit and Kathy Acker. The texts were coming from various sources. They were either submitted by the authors themselves, supplied to the textz.com database by various online collaborators as freely circulating texts on the Net, or they were scanned in from printed media page by page, processed via a text recognition program, and transformed into ASCII files.

Under threat of arrest pursuant the legal action taken by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research on behalf of the Theodor Adorno estate for publishing of two Adorno texts, the website was taken offline and laid dormant.”

Acquisition Information:

Courtesy of Sebastian Lütgert.

Conditions Governing Access:

Non-available. Archival version available through the Wayback machine: http://web.archive.org/web/20060411064533/http://www.textz.com/.

Biographical/Historical Information:

Sebastian Lütgert. Writer, programmer, media artist and activist. Lives in Berlin. In 2001 started textz.com. Co-founded Bootlab, lectures at Wissenschaftsakademie Berlin. Recent publications include “Introduction to a True History of the Internet”, “The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction” (textz.com, 2004) and “The Society of Intellectual Property” (textz.com, 2005). Co-founder of Pirate Cinema Berlin. Currently preparing a book on Cinema and Piracy.

Subjects:

early e-book archive, copyright police