[NetBehaviour] Copyfarleft and Copyjustright.

Ruth Catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Tue Jul 24 14:46:18 CEST 2007

Hi Rob,
excellent points!

I also found this article on the differences between open source and  
open culture, by Felix Stalder really helpful.
It makes some useful distinctions between the cultures and contexts  
of programmers and artists and how this impacts on their approaches  
to openness and related tings.



On 24 Jul 2007, at 13:28, rob at robmyers.org wrote:

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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