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TechnologyReview.com,The People Own Ideas!

TechnologyReview.com - The People Own Ideas! By Lawrence Lessig June 2005 http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/06/issue/feature_people.asp?p=0 We entered the youth camp that morning by passing down a long, white gravel road and under a wooden gate. Spread to one side, and for as far as you could see, were rows and rows of tents. In front were scores of showers, with hundreds of kids in swimsuits milling about, waiting to rinse. It felt like a refugee camp. In a sense, it was. More than a hundred thousand had descended upon Porto Alegre, Brazil, to attend the World Social Forum, a conference intended to offer a progressive alternative to the much smaller, and much more famous, World Economic Forum meeting at Davos, Switzerland (see "Letter from Davos," April 2005). Just past the showers was a sprawling collection of wooden huts, connected by a canvas spread across their roofs. This was the free-software lab. To the right, there was a training room, with more than 50 PCs arranged along long tables. At the far end was a large screen, where 20 to 30 kids were watching an instructor explain the workings of some video-editing software. Every machine was running free software only--GNU/Linux as the operating system, Mozilla as the browser, and a suite of media production software, most of which I had never seen on any machine anywhere. (more…)

By Thatch, ago
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So Who Owns Culture?

Today we can chat about the question of "Who Owns Culture?" . A lot of this has been copped from an article in the New York Times. The New York Times reported on a public lecture (sponsored by Wired magazine but I couldn't find any mention of it on their site... so I guess we can scratch them from the running as potential owners of culture) - a discussion of digital file-sharing, part of a library series called "Live From the NYPL." Both Jeff Tweedy, the leader of Wilco, and Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford University law professor who has opposed criminalizing file sharing, seemed to agree that just about anybody who owns a modem also owns - or at least has every right to download - culture products. "I don't think anybody should make any money on music," Mr. Tweedy said at one point, only half joking. "Maybe we would pay audiences." . Obviously Mr Tweedy has never worked in Melbourne pubs where "paying to play" is almost the rule... but this isn't a discussion on door deals so we will move on. (more…)

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