Jaron Lanier is the most thoughtful critics of the “information wants to be free” and “sell another T-shirt” crowd at Google’s Singularity University that I’ve ever heard. In fact, he’s one of the more thoughtful people I’ve ever heard. I was lucky to be able to introduce him at Canadian Music Week, and appreciated his guidance–hopeful and optimistic, realist and staring the copyradical crowd right in the teeth. There is a video of another talk on Zocalo Public Square.
(See Rob Thompson’s excellent article “Jaron Lanier Says Free Won’t Work“.)
I highly recommend his book, You Are Not a Gadget–buy it today, don’t wait til it comes out on Bittorrent.
See also: Artist Rights Are Human Rights