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tom liacas
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posted 07 February 2005 03:06 PM      Profile for tom liacas   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hi folks,

Am pretty new to babble though I've been following your threads with interest esp. the one Contrarian initiated on Digital Libraries

I'm working on a project which deals with the issue of intellectual property, file sharing and debates around all of the above.. Would like to hear your opinions.

Here's the thing-

I'm personally in favour of the free distribution of more and more information to more and more people but I wonder if the speed at which our culture is moving will not erode the current "ecology" built around information. By this I mean the existing system in which creators of quality works are motivated to some degree by the compensation they will receive for time spent researching and creating and where the industries which profit from the distribution of these creations are also the providers of this compensation. If this system collapses, is there an interim vision that would ensure the creation of quality content other than "everyone's a creator"?

My scan of the current "debate"- if you can call it that- reveals a rigid polarization.. industry reps and lawyers playing a reactionary knuckle-rapping role and lefties (myself included) trumpeting the new dawn of free information for all.

But what about the middle ground? What do we do in between the present (where we all enjoy content which has market value) and this envisioned utopia (where content will presumably be produced and distributed outside the market).

Is this a public debate that we should be having? If so, why does it not seem to exist anywhere?

Food for thought:


Lawrence Lessig

Creative Commons


Lesley Ellen Harris

UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day

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