[NetBehaviour] Copyfarleft and Copyjustright.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Jul 24 14:36:00 CEST 2007

Hi Rob,

I very much agree with your text on this one & have also read these 
books which are great...


> Quoting marc garrett <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org>:
>> http://www.metamute.org/en/Copyfarleft-and-Copyjustright
> 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.
> - Rob.
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