From Torrent Freak:

For hundreds of millions of people piracy is mostly an online phenomenon.

However, in countries where an open and accessible Internet is rare, the public turns to other forms of peer-to-peer communication.

Ernesto Oroza, artist, designer and author based in South Florida, explains in detail how Cubans have shared the latest entertainment through innovative distribution channels for more than a decade.

The article below appears in The Pirate Book, a collection of articles and guest contributions covering unique cultural and historical facts and perspectives on online and offline piracy.

The Pirate Book was edited by Nicolas Maigret & Maria Roszkowska and can be downloaded for free. Hard-copies are also available on request.

El Paquete Semanal

by Ernesto Oroza

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Origins And Present Time

It all started maybe 10 or 15 years ago. I remember that my nephew was the first one in the family doing it. He had a little USB hard drive, and one day he got a large quantity of films from a neighbor – things such as National Geographic nature documentaries, music, action films, and video clips.

Computers were rare in Cuba at the time. You could find maybe one computer on each block. Some people who had computers started collecting and selling kits of digital contents; it became a way to earn money. You could buy one terabyte of contents, connect the hard drive directly to a television, and watch it without any computer. You just needed to bring your…

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