13 Feb 2007

Away from the Troubles of GPLv3

I know everyone thinks that I have given up even the semblance of maintaining a blog, and given what GPLv3 has done to my ability to communicate what I am personally up to in my life, I probably have for the moment. Eventually that massive license negotiation will be complete, and I will only have to cope here with the required discretion necessary for the ordinary practice of law, not also the conduct of industrial diplomacy.

But here’s something we can all take 4 minutes and 31 seconds to appreciate; one of the most lucid pieces of artful public instruction I’ve ever seen. I don’t know of any existing honor appropriate to the merits of this work, but when humanity begins offering the Ted Nelson Prize, I hope Professor Michael Wesch wins one of the early ones.


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15 Jan 2003

The dotCommunist Manifesto

A Spectre is haunting multinational capitalism—the spectre of free information. All the powers of “globalism” have entered into an unholy alliance to exorcize this spectre: Microsoft and Disney, the World Trade Organization, the United States Congress and the European Commission.

Where are the advocates of freedom in the new digital society who have not been decried as pirates, anarchists, communists? Have we not seen that many of those hurling the epithets were merely thieves in power, whose talk of “intellectual property” was nothing more than an attempt to retain unjustifiable privileges in a society irrevocably changing? But it is acknowledged by all the Powers of Globalism that the movement for freedom is itself a Power, and it is high time that we should publish our views in the face of the whole world, to meet this nursery tale of the Spectre of Free Information with a Manifesto of our own.

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