Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The People Own Ideas! by Lawrence Lessig

The People Own Ideas!:
"As I listened to the Brazilians explain the free-software lab, I began to realize that this pattern was recurring. They were doing for culture what Stallman had done for software. The lab was not so much about 'free software.' It did not, for example, teach people how to make free software. Its aim instead was to help them build free culture using free software. The lab offered 'workshops about video editing, audio editing, collaboration tools, [and] online collaboration,' all 'on top of free software.' But the objective of this teaching wasn't, or wasn't just, better software. The objective was a different economy for culture. Culture itself, as one Brazilian explained to me, should be free, meaning, he said, 'free as in free software.'"