Cory Doctorow – How to destroy the book
December 16, 2009 | 9:54 am
By Paul Biba
That is the title of a speech on copyright he gave at the National Reading Summit. Jade Colbert transcribed the speech and it is available here. From the beginning of the speech:
I’d like to start my talk today with an elegy for the book. The first part of the elegy is called “Pirates.”
There is a group of powerful anti-copyright activists out there who are trying to destroy the book. These pirates would destroy copyright, and they have no respect for our property. They dress up their thievery in high-minded rhetoric about how they are the true defenders and inheritors of creativity, and they have sold this claim around the world to regulators and lawmakers alike. There are members of Parliament and Congress-people who are unduly influenced by them. They say they’re only trying to preserve the way it’s always been. They claim that their radical agenda is somehow conservative. But what they really see is a future in which the electronic culture market grows by leaps and bounds and they get to be at the centre of it. They claim that this is about ethics, but anyone who thinks about it for a minute can see that it’s about profit.
Thanks to Raymond for the link.