23C3: Lessig

At 23C3, Larry Lessig is speaking on “free, the difference between code and culture”. His main point: Different communities need to articulate different freedoms and restrictions in licenses. What the GPL uses as a defense against free riding for …

At 23C3, Larry Lessig is speaking on “free, the difference between code and culture”. His main point: Different communities need to articulate different freedoms and restrictions in licenses. What the GPL uses as a defense against free riding for code (sharing alike) might not be enough for photos or music or text. The non-commercial restriction that CC licenses are able to express is one tool that might serve as such a defense. Lessig also notes the importance of communities respecting other communities’ needs in terms of licenses, instead of imposing their terms and notions on others. Doing otherwise would be “imperialism,” says Lessig.Barlow, from the floor: Civil disobedience will be important to break the current copyright system. Teenage geeks win the technical side of the war, and recording industry will lose battle for their hearts and minds.Lessig: Don’t doubt technical community’s ability to crack DRM, but doubt their ability to deal with the politics that are created. Don’t lose the opportunity to convince people why we are right. MGM vs. Grokster got thought about as “should people be allowed to steal,” and was lost. If there’s a perception that community doesn’t take on the political side of the argument, but just wants free stuff, then it’ll continue to lose.