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Information Doesn't Want to Be Free
Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age | Cory Doctorow
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In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorows Information Doesnt Want to Be Free takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? This is a book about the pitfalls and the opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) are confronting today about how the old models have failed or found new footing, and about what might soon replace them. An essential read for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts, Information Doesnt Want to Be Free offers a vivid guide to the ways creativity and the Internet interact today, and to what might be coming next.
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TCLinrow
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Another amazing day in Prague 😊

Found a book shop open late, with books in loads of different languages, and watched a couple of street performers doing a fire show that was just amazing! It also made me think of the tagged, because they weren't asking for money but people (myself amongst them) were happily putting in any change they had while watching the performance, even though they didn't have to!

DivineDiana If you get a chance, read Amanda Palmer‘s memoir. It opened my eyes about contributing to street performers. 2mo
TCLinrow @DivineDiana awesome! I'll check it out 😊 2mo
MsLeah8417 When I was in that bookshop I never wanted to leave. Prague is an amazing city. 2mo
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TCLinrow
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Review 1 of 2 for today 😊

A criticism of the current media industry. He addresses its unsustainable nature in light of the internet, and also how we don't need it to work because creators and fans will always look for a way to support their favourite creators for future content. He sites lots of examples like Patreon and GoFundMe projects.

A fascinating read, with lots of important ideas.

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TCLinrow NB: Listened to it on audio book through Libro.fm and my only criticism was the annoying sound effects between sections, because they really got on my nerves very quickly. 2mo
slightlyfoxed I saw him give a really brutal talk on DRM at the TXLA conference a few years ago! He‘s a great speaker and an incisive critic - I enjoy his non-fiction writing more than his fiction. 2mo
TCLinrow @slightlyfoxed it was a fascinating book! It was clear how much work he'd put into it. I'd love to hear him speak, if this book was anything to go on, but the book was read by Wil Wheaton 🤔 2mo
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Lindy
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Doctorow's advice to creators in this internet age is to "think like a dandelion" - adopting strategies that thrive on cheap copying. Will Wheaton's impassioned audiobook narration adds its own degree of weight to the argument for getting copyright right.

RachelO This sounds really interesting! 3y
Lindy @RachelO Yes, Doctorow is always interesting. 👍 3y
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Lindy
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According to Viacom's theory and its Amicus backers, privacy is incompatible with copyright in the 21st century. They maintained that the ability of the public to communicate in private was an existential threat to creativity itself. Fortunately the judge disagreed.

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Lindy
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"If I'm wrong, I promise that I'll be wrong in a well-informed and interesting way."

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