Larry Lessig and Rishab Aiyer Ghosh have both spent a great deal of time trying to get all of us to understand one thing: that the law as it stands is completely inappropriate for today’s culture, especially today’s digital culture.
If you’re not into mashups and your music isn’t a smorgasbord of samples and you don’t think authors should plagiarise (even if you do like your Shakespeare), phrases like “digital culture” may leave you unmoved. This is understandable, but it gets harder if you have Generation M children. They won’t let you be that tolerant.
Take a look at this site, for example: When Graphic Artists Get Bored. In fact go to Glumbert every now and then, just to make sure you don’t get too staid.
Incidentally, I was thinking of putting up WTFs for terms like Generation M, The Because Effect, Cluetrain and so on. Any views?
One of the key points made by Larry Lessig in his 23C3 speech is how code, once used solely to make things work, is now being used to make culture; as he says “the tools of creativity have become the tool of speech”.
When we hear statements like this, it’s important to experience them, not just read them. Take a look at the image on the right. It’s part of a wonderful set of creative digital works by someone called Chema Madoz. You can find it, as well as many more, at haha.nu.
How did I find out about Chema Madoz? Via StumbleUpon. Why did I do something about it? Because I spoke to my 15-year old son about it, and realised that for him, Chema, and for that matter haha.nu, were as familiar, almost old hat, as Line Rider. As the saying goes, I should stay in more often.
If we do the wrong thing about DRM and IPR:
- the wood in Chema’s background will have its own exclusive image rights
- the matchstick will be copyrighted
- Chema would have no tools to use
- and even if there were tools to use, it would depend on the compatibility with someone’s particular content provider/connect provider/device manufacturer walled garden
So let’s keep on trying to do the right thing.