Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, the first novel by blogger, cultural critic, and Electronic Frontier Foundation wonk Cory Doctorow, entered the world today. Wired‘s Mark Frauenfelder calls Down and Out “the most entertaining and exciting science fiction story I’ve read in the last few years,” and Bruce Sterling declares, “Science fiction needs Cory Doctorow!”
Doctorow has published Down and Out under a Creative Commons license.
Read our interview with the author — our latest Featured Commoner.Comments Off
“People are always looking for what side to be on, and there isn’t just one side. . . . I think we’re looking for a kinder, gentler, more equitable model where more people can make a living off of this stuff.”
The wise words of Jenny Toomey, musician, policy wonk, and Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition. A nice piece in Wired News sums up FMC’s brilliant, third-annual summit in Washington this week.Comments Off
One more from today’s cosmic copyright coincidence file:
“Some of These Bootleggers, They Make Pretty Good Stuff” — a Salon piece on Bob Dylan and “the hidden industry he (unwittingly) helped create.” Thought-provoking.Comments Off
An interesting piece in the New York Times today discusses “Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age,” an exhibition dedicated to works built in part from other copyrighted works — without permission.
By sign-of-the-times coincidence, I participated in a panel yesterday entitled “The Illegal Imagination,” at the Future of Music Coalition’s superb summit in Washington D.C. Co-panelists Gigi Sohn (Public Knowledge), Siva Vaidhyathan (NYU), musician Alfonzo Blackwell, and moderator Ira Glass (This American Life) and I discussed precisely the same issues. Aided by spirited audience participation (one of the many great hallmarks of the FMC gathering), we discussed hip-hop and sampling, the ever-growing world of “mash-up” media, and copyright’s influence on creativity, generally.
“Though copyright law can make for arcane discussion,” writes the Times‘ Chris Nelson, “popular culture has brimmed with the subject of late.”
And brim it will. As readers of this blog already know, few can afford to consider copyright “arcane” for much longer. Whether you’re an artist, a fan, a coder, or a casual web-surfer, knowing the ins and outs of copyright — for better or worse — is already part of getting by in the wired world. Copyright’s not just for lawyers anymore.
–Glenn Otis BrownComments Off
Innovative content licensing seems to be catching on — even beyond the efforts of Creative Commons.
(You’ll recall that the O’Reilly folks recently adopted our Founder’s Copyright, under which they’ll release certain copyrights into the public domain after 14 years, with an option to renew for another 14 — just as the Framers’ of the U.S. Constitution would have had it.)Comments Off