If you’ve never seen Larry Lessig talk about free culture, copyright, and Creative Commons you’re missing out. According to Lessig himself, he gave his last lecture on free culture on January 31st at Stanford University. Watch it.
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Here’s YALLTWLT from the 2005 Open Source Business Conference. Lessig’s talk is “Clearing the Air About Open Source” and he doesn’t pull any punches. (Download the talk from IT Conversations.) If you’re interested in supporting an environment of technological innovation then you need to be aware of the issues that Lessig is talking about.
I’ve linked to portions of podcasts before, but I’m going to recommend that everyone listen to these presentations in their entirety.
Dan Gillmor spoke at last year’s Accelerating Change conference and described some of the changes that the democratization of media has brought to our culture. The podcast of his session, We, the Media, is a great primer on the topic from someone who knows what he’s talking about.
In the category of copyright and intellectual property Lawrence Lessig’s The Comedy of the Commons and Cory Doctorow’s talk at the Web 2.0 conference are great starting points to understand how copyright and intellectual property law have been twisted in recent years to the detriment of the public good. (Did I give away my bias? Oops.)
These are huge issues that affect every one of us.