The Economics of Open Content Symposium

Cory Doctorow was in Melbourne giving a talk last Tuesday and I missed him. But to make up I watched some of the The Economics of Open Content Symposium hosted at MIT to bring together representatives from media industries, cultural and educational institutions, and legal and business minds to discuss how to make open content happen better and faster.

New Yorker economics columnist and bestselling author (The Wisdom of Crowds) James Surowiecki gave the keynote address, a presentation entitled ‘Openness as an Ethos.’

There are a ton of MP3’s available for download

Collaboration and the Marketplace
New Models of Creative Production in the Digital Age
Keynote Address: Openness as an Ethos
The Wealth of Networks
The Economics of Knowledge as a Public Good
The Economics of Open Courseware
The Economics of Open Text
Convergence Culture: Consumer Participation and the Economics of Mass Media
The Economics of the Music Industry
If Only We Knew Yesterday What We Know Today
The Economics of Open Archives, Museums, and Libraries I
The Economics of Open Archives, Museums, and Libraries II
The Economics of the Public Domain
The Economics of Film and Television I
The Economics of Film and Television II
The New Economics of Gaming
Everything is Miscellaneous
Business Interests in Open Content
Next Steps: Cooperation Across Institutions and Industries

and they have all been released under a Creative Commons License.

Go and download them, bang them into your iPod/car stereo, PC whatever and have a listen.

My favourite so far has been
The Economics of the Music Industry given by Terry Fisher, a professor at the Harvard Law School. He explores the various choices economic, legal, moral facing the music and film industries.

Time consuming but fascinating.

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