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A free, blogger-read version of Lawrence Lessig's new book, Free Culture is being produced. The book is released under a Creative Commons license which allows non-commercial derivative works to be created from it. (Some chapters are already available.) This is great - I think it would be a fine thing if more people produced audio versions of open-licensed or public domain works in this manner. (From boingboing)
posted by majcher (5 comments total)

 
I think all sections of the book are claimed now. This is awesome news to me cuz I love audiobooks and have really enjoyed Lessig's 2 previous books.
posted by turbodog at 2:21 PM on March 27, 2004


You can also see a Flash-enhanced lecture by Lessig right about... here.
posted by starkeffect at 2:25 PM on March 27, 2004


"Lawrence Lessig shows us that while new technologies always lead to new laws, never before have the big cultural monopolists used the fear created by new technologies, specifically the Internet, to shrink the public domain of ideas, even as the same corporations use the same technologies to control more and more what we can and can’t do with culture."

Oh. That's important, too. I thought it said Free Body Culture.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:14 PM on March 27, 2004


More power to Lessig for finding an even more effective way to get his book out to the masses, but it shouldn't be suggested that he's somehow turned over a moral leaf in terms of intellectual property.

High-profile academics like Lessig rarely make much money from their books -- the point has always been to disseminate their scholarship and ideology. If there's a payoff, it's always been in terms of consulting and appearance fees and in "superstar" academic salaries. I don't know Lessig's particulars, but it would be unsurprising to find that Stanford pays him $250k a year for 30 weeks worth of work.
posted by MattD at 5:36 AM on March 29, 2004


Just uncovered another repository of chapters, here. Keeps on getting better...
posted by majcher at 12:51 AM on April 4, 2004


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