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Escaping the Country of the Blind

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 Escaping the Country of the Blind2005-03-25 15:35
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Wade Roush made some thorough Notes from a very nice speech by Lawrence Lessig last week. About how important it is that we're free to remix media, as we always could before the digital age. You know, you could buy a magazine, cut out the pictures and make a collage and show it to people. And you can make a funny hat out of the rest of the magaine. Now, with the internet and lots of new tools, people are doing all sorts of creative things that reuse content in interesting ways. But there are strong forces that are trying to make all of that illegal. If they have their way, you can only use media they've sold you in the exact way they had in mind. You know, you can only watch this DVD twice, and only on your own TV. Or you can only watch this broadcast program on Thursdays and you can't fastforward over the commercials. No getting creative and using it differently.
"We’ve set up a system of regulation so that these forms of expression are illegal. So we can’t teach them to our kids--that would be schools promoting piracy. We can’t promote them with our businesses. All we can do is focus on how to punish those who write with the ordinary tools of the 21st century.

Existing law conflicts with the technology of the 21st century and that gives us a choice: Reform the law or reform the technology. Since 1998 there has been a clear choice—it was made for us by our own village doctors. They assembled in Congress and what they have collectively given us as an answer to this choice--reforming the law or reforming the technology--is to utter the words of HG Wells: To cure them, all we need to do is a simple and easy surgical operation, namely to remove the irritant body, the machines, your technology. They want to blind us. To conform us to 18th century law."
He's making a very appropriate reference to an HG Wells story about somebody arriving in a city of blind people, and not quite behaving "right" according to their norms before they got the bright idea of removing what was wrong with him - his eyes.

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29 Apr 2005 @ 03:12 by Tom Visel @ : Freedom is good!
but if the world is headed the way it appears (toward an information economy,) then the sellers have a vested interest in being sure that what is being sold is exactly what is intended. That may be a one-time-use non-reproducible movie for a fifth the price of what the same seller might want for a version that can be freely redistributed. To expect the people who pay for the media (and the servers) to essentially give it away once a certain distance or fraction is reached would be foolish. Perhaps freedom of editing will reign someday. Who then will want to publish?  

12 Apr 2008 @ 16:20 by rezzoug malek @ : letter
HELLO please help me to reach my object .To foolow my studies in England  

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