The Doctorow Doctrine

You probably don’t need me to link to this but the last few paragraphs of Cory Doctorow’s speech at Emerging Technologies Conference is actually very, very good. Fire up the coffee maker, sit back and read the whole thing.

I have a lot reactions to this piece. Mainly I wonder if all the audience hears is “Oh, I get it, it’s like ‘free’ but more articulate.” Eh, I should have a lot more faith. Or at least pretend to better.
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2 thoughts on “The Doctorow Doctrine

  1. Tom

    Sweet mother of God, that was a cool speech. I had not read it yet.

    I’ve avoided a lot of the discussions on open source (and this is discussing open source as it applies to books, sorta) because, frankly, a lot of the diatribe on slashdot and the like is at a grade-school level. It’s primarily just jealousy and underdogism (you know, that nagging, irrational belief that anything done by “the little guy” must somehow be better than anything done by “the big guy”).

    However, I firmly believe that overly restrictive copyright law is strangling our society. Or, at least, it would be, if “society” gave a damn — which Napster and the rest have proved false.

    Bravo on the speech (I know you didn’t write it, but you led me to it). I just wish that copyright law would finally catch up to the 20th century (let alone the 21st — let’s start with what we have) and quit likening anyone who downloads an MP3 or a movie to a shoplifter or a mugger. It’s the law that needs to change, not people. Law serves people. Companies serve people. Not the other way around.

    Eventually, everyone will realize that. Until then — yarrrr, ye mateys! Avast ye, RIAA, prepare to be boarded!

    – Tom

  2. victor

    Yes, Cory represents the sane, mature side of the case. No doubt. Every revolution needs it’s thinkers.

    But then it’s not the sane, mature ones that start (or finish!) a revolution. ;)

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