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RO – Read Only – RW – Read Write Culture…

Larry Lessig Professor of Law at Stanford can be seen here telling a great set of stories about user generated content for business – he looks at the talking machines or phonograms and how it changed the 20th century from a read-write world to a read only. He also looks at property ownership and how planes flying over them challenged ancient trespass rights and how the courts overcame this argument as it did not make common sense.This is a great piece that that shows how digital technology allows the return of read-write culture. It also shows how a PC allows people to become producers of content plus how our kids are embracing this new technology.

It also highlights how copyright law suggests that you are trespasser by using and remixing content. Common sense has not been applied. He argues that we are living life against the law and that we need 2 type of changes:
Artists and creative embrace the ideas that their work is allowed to be used in a non commercial sense and that business embraces this and not restrict it and see that the ‘free’ world builds business.

All in all a briliant piece to show that we need to change and adapt to this new culture…. A must watch !!!

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