Nordic Cultural Commons Conference Stockholm 2008 10 22 Five myths about the future of culture and the commons Mike Linksv...
Myths? <ul><li>Most “X myths about Y” screeds annoy... </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional wisdom doesn’t believe the myths alr...
Original photo by Brooke Novak · Licensed under  CC BY  ·  http://flickr.com/photos/brookenovak/337889974/ I AM NOT A
0: Piracy helps the commons
Image by Mllerustad · Licensed under  CC BY  ·  http://flickr.com/photos/mllerustad/250807530/
Photo by RocketRaccoon · Licensed under  CC BY  ·  http://flickr.com/photos/rocketraccoon/227241974/
However, piracy is a dead end <ul><li>2/3 (probably much higher) of content industry is unaffected </li></ul><ul><li>Promo...
1: We need to figure out how to pay creators
Incentives matter <ul><li>Does not mean greater incentive always better </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural abundance and overload ...
2: The commanding heights of culture are out of reach of the commons
King Kong is Dead <ul><li>Hollywood suffers from cost disease; US$200m not a relevant barrier </li></ul><ul><li>See  Star ...
3: The real action is in politics; building a voluntary commons is a sideshow
<ul><li>“The gate that has held the movements for equalization of human beings strictly in a dilemma between ineffectivene...
Building the commons is key <ul><li>Politicians (as people) are unimaginative ... they need to see solutions, or react in ...
4: The cultural consumption habits of commons advocates doesn’t matter
Credibility <ul><li>The most credible way to promote free software is to become an expert user of it ... when others are r...
Therefore and henceforth <ul><li>Transition quickly from piracy to building creative communities </li></ul><ul><li>See the...
<ul><li>“If we don’t want to live in a jungle, we must change our attitudes. We must start sending the message that a good...
<ul><li>License </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attribution </...
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  • http://www.metro.se/se/article/2008/10/28/09/1028-61/index.xml interview with me in Swedish newspaper taken following this presentation.
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  • re identi.ca yeah, services are another example, but I didn't go into it at all here, only had 30 minutes. I'll talk about that in two days at FSCONS. :)
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  • A little of not licensing their own works, not really enjoying consuming all rights reserved media, more not or barely consuming free media (beyond Wikipedia).
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  • I only implicitly talked about pirated works not being part of the commons, more that they crowd out the commons.

    Except maybe in the very long term you're dreaming -- all of the pressure has been to update the law to change/ignore reality rather than reflect it. When will drugs be legalized?
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  • Regarding myth 4, in what sense do you see free culture advocates not eating their own dogfood? Not licensing their own works freely? Consuming all-rights-reserved media and enjoying it? ...?

    maybe you should insert the identi.ca logo here :)
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  1. 1. Nordic Cultural Commons Conference Stockholm 2008 10 22 Five myths about the future of culture and the commons Mike Linksvayer Creative Commons
  2. 2. Myths? <ul><li>Most “X myths about Y” screeds annoy... </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional wisdom doesn’t believe the myths already (so the screed, sometimes sold as a heresy, isn’t) </li></ul><ul><li>Claims embedded in demolishing the “myths” are themselves mythic </li></ul><ul><li>Hopefully I will exceed these low expectations, but maintain skepticism </li></ul>
  3. 3. Original photo by Brooke Novak · Licensed under CC BY · http://flickr.com/photos/brookenovak/337889974/ I AM NOT A
  4. 4. 0: Piracy helps the commons
  5. 5. Image by Mllerustad · Licensed under CC BY · http://flickr.com/photos/mllerustad/250807530/
  6. 6. Photo by RocketRaccoon · Licensed under CC BY · http://flickr.com/photos/rocketraccoon/227241974/
  7. 7. However, piracy is a dead end <ul><li>2/3 (probably much higher) of content industry is unaffected </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes established content industry and cultural hegemony </li></ul><ul><li>Does not cultivate any alternative </li></ul><ul><li>The web far more interesting for culture and copyright </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1: We need to figure out how to pay creators
  9. 9. Incentives matter <ul><li>Does not mean greater incentive always better </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural abundance and overload exists </li></ul><ul><li>Better filters make the good problem to have worse </li></ul><ul><li>If creators need to sell [out], a job for entrepreneurs, let them be creative </li></ul>
  10. 10. 2: The commanding heights of culture are out of reach of the commons
  11. 11. King Kong is Dead <ul><li>Hollywood suffers from cost disease; US$200m not a relevant barrier </li></ul><ul><li>See Star Wreck </li></ul><ul><li>The product does not have to remain the same </li></ul><ul><li>See Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>How can the commons not just replicate existing cultural products, but make them entirely different and better? </li></ul>
  12. 12. 3: The real action is in politics; building a voluntary commons is a sideshow
  13. 13. <ul><li>“The gate that has held the movements for equalization of human beings strictly in a dilemma between ineffectiveness and violence has now been opened. The reason is that we have shifted to a zero marginal cost world. As steel is replaced by software, more and more of the value in society becomes non-rivalrous: it can be held by many without costing anybody more than if it is held by a few.” </li></ul><ul><li>Eben Moglen </li></ul>
  14. 14. Building the commons is key <ul><li>Politicians (as people) are unimaginative ... they need to see solutions, or react in fear </li></ul><ul><li>A dominant commons makes many closed net scenarios much less likely </li></ul>
  15. 15. 4: The cultural consumption habits of commons advocates doesn’t matter
  16. 16. Credibility <ul><li>The most credible way to promote free software is to become an expert user of it ... when others are ready to use, you can help </li></ul><ul><li>The most credible way to promote free culture is to experience it ... when others need content, you can recommend </li></ul>
  17. 17. Therefore and henceforth <ul><li>Transition quickly from piracy to building creative communities </li></ul><ul><li>See the revolutionary nature of building voluntary commons </li></ul><ul><li>Eat your own dog food </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>“If we don’t want to live in a jungle, we must change our attitudes. We must start sending the message that a good citizen is one who cooperates when appropriate, not one who is successful at taking from others.” </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Stallman </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>License </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attribution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author: Mike Linksvayer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link: http://creativecommons.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>Original photo by swanksalot · Licensed under CC BY-SA · http://flickr.com/photos/swanksalot/2800398623/
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