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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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    Five myths about the future of culture and the commons Five myths about the future of culture and the commons Presentation Transcript

    • Nordic Cultural Commons Conference Stockholm 2008 10 22 Five myths about the future of culture and the commons Mike Linksvayer Creative Commons
    • Myths?
      • Most “X myths about Y” screeds annoy...
      • Conventional wisdom doesn’t believe the myths already (so the screed, sometimes sold as a heresy, isn’t)
      • Claims embedded in demolishing the “myths” are themselves mythic
      • Hopefully I will exceed these low expectations, but maintain skepticism
    • 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
      • 2/3 (probably much higher) of content industry is unaffected
      • Promotes established content industry and cultural hegemony
      • Does not cultivate any alternative
      • The web far more interesting for culture and copyright
    • 1: We need to figure out how to pay creators
    • Incentives matter
      • Does not mean greater incentive always better
      • Cultural abundance and overload exists
      • Better filters make the good problem to have worse
      • If creators need to sell [out], a job for entrepreneurs, let them be creative
    • 2: The commanding heights of culture are out of reach of the commons
    • King Kong is Dead
      • Hollywood suffers from cost disease; US$200m not a relevant barrier
      • See Star Wreck
      • The product does not have to remain the same
      • See Wikipedia
      • How can the commons not just replicate existing cultural products, but make them entirely different and better?
    • 3: The real action is in politics; building a voluntary commons is a sideshow
      • “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.”
      • Eben Moglen
    • Building the commons is key
      • Politicians (as people) are unimaginative ... they need to see solutions, or react in fear
      • A dominant commons makes many closed net scenarios much less likely
    • 4: The cultural consumption habits of commons advocates doesn’t matter
    • Credibility
      • 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
      • The most credible way to promote free culture is to experience it ... when others need content, you can recommend
    • Therefore and henceforth
      • Transition quickly from piracy to building creative communities
      • See the revolutionary nature of building voluntary commons
      • Eat your own dog food
      • “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.”
      • Richard Stallman
      • License
        • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
      • Attribution
        • Author: Mike Linksvayer
        • Link: http://creativecommons.org
      • Questions?
        • [email_address]
      Original photo by swanksalot · Licensed under CC BY-SA · http://flickr.com/photos/swanksalot/2800398623/