Copyfarleft and Copyjustright.
From: rob at robmyers.org (rob at robmyers.org)
Date: Tuesday, 24 July 2007 - 12:28pm
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- Copyfarleft and Copyjustright. marc garrett
Mute have been excellent at publishing articles that constructively
question received wisdom from free software, free culture and their
opponents but I found that this article wasn't based on a good
understanding of the issues.
Like Lessig on a bad day, it accepts the starving artist lone genius
mythology peddled by the RIAA and tries to protect artists from
economic loss in the face of copyleft. This is a pre-Napster,
pre-MySpace worldview that doesn't understand the economics of the
music industry or the sociology of creativity. This is compounded by a
failure to see the economic irony of copyleft, or how copyleft
prevents alienation of labour value. And by ignoring other authors
writings on the property question and IP; notably Stallman's "Why
Software Should Not Have Owners" which would undermine its opening
claims, and Lessig's writing on rent-seeking which would make some of
its claims seem less novel.
It's an interesting read but deeply flawed.
I recommend the following books:
"Free Software, Free Society" - Richard Stallman
"Free Culture" - Lawrence Lessig
"A Hacker Manifesto" Mackenzie Wark
And the Mute issue "Beneath The Knowledge Commons".
All are available in print or online.