on Lessig and copyright. I don’t understand how Dave’s position is different than the RIAA or Valenti. Can someone enlighten me? He says that he diverges from the entertainment industry because they don’t pay the artists. That difference has little or nothing to do with the copyright issue, does it?
, very graciously, to Dave Winer in his weblog. “Hey, Dave, peace. Of course I don’t mean that you’ve, literally, done nothing. Obviously and of course, you’ve done great things for the movement. Nor when I criticized the copyright system was I saying anything about you. (Obviously lots of people use copyright to spread knowledge, rather than hide it. Copyleft is still copyright. And I am, as my writing should make clear, pro-copyright.)”
People are funny
. In a post today, Dave Winer wrote, in Scripting News, “I am open to supporting and working with Lessig, but we need clarification and possibly a discussion with the professor on his position re copyrights for software.” But yesterday he was trashing the guy: “To Lessig, who says we’re doing nothing, up yours.” Hardly sounds like someone who is open to working with the guy, does it? With friends like these, neither Dave nor Lessig needs many enemies. Because at base, these guys are pretty much on the same side.
has been doing his talk on copyright for about two years now, really leading the intellectual and the legal battle on this important issue of the digital world. It seems that he’s going to shift gears a little bit, but before he does, check out his copyright talk, “free_culture” as given at OSCON 2002 in July.
The Irish Times’
Karlin Lillington has written a nice overview of Lawrence Lessig’s work, prompted by a speech he gave recently in Dublin. [via Scripting News]