Must read article in the Atlantic

As more and more of the creative class start to wake up to the absolute corruption that is growing among the absolutely rich and powerful at Google, it is not surprising that authors foreshadow the apocolypse and the “final encyclopedia“, that creepy, geeky sci-fi cliff that Google is driving us all to jump over. Excellent […]

New Orphan Works Legislation: From Each According to What is Not Nailed Down, To Each According to How Little We Can Get Away With

The House and Senate both introduced new versions of the “orphan works” legislation (the “Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act” named after the late AOL lobbyist). Why, you may ask? What is so important about “orphan works”? Do the songwriters, artists, photographers, illustrators, screenwriters, actors, directors you know come up to you in the street, strike […]

Licenses, employment agreements and Creative Commons

Here’s a nightmare scenario for you–you hire someone to create a work, co-write with anyone, record with anyone, and you find out after the services were rendered or the works were created that you’re dealing with one of the gullible creatures who signs up for Creative Commons. If that person has made the work (or […]

Generation L Innovates the Wisdom of Mobs

In every conversation I have with Generation L about the effects of technology on the music industry, it is only a matter of time until the world “innovation” comes up. “Innovation” must be protected at all costs, including at the cost of the entire creative community. Hundreds of thousands of jobs lost? That’s the cost […]

Happy Father’s Day, Pirate Crew!

I often say that there are two things that hold societies together: Moral lessons learned as a child, and the promise of swift and certain punishment. On Father’s Day, let’s focus on the former for a moment. I invite those of Professor Lessig’s pirate crew who are fathers to take a sampling of the literature […]