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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Commercial: For the love of culture

Can I commend to you this article by Lawrence Lessig in The New Republic. He moves from a discussion of the recent Google Books settlement into a wider discussion as to why - as good an outcome as could be expected, if not better - is, nevertheless, still potentially damaging to our wider consumption and creation of culture.

Yes, I know it's all about copyright, and while that might be boring to you, if you create anything at all, or work in and around knowledge making and spreading, you owe it to yourself to familiarise yourself with these issues and debates. And no, it's not as simple as 'abolish copyright' or 'lock everything up'.

Start with the article, and then move on to his Code, which you can download for free.



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