Mar 21, 2007
"The Empire & the iPhone: 'Technology Platforms,' the Commons, and the
Way We Live Now."
Professor, Columbia Law School and Director, Software Freedom Law Center
Monday, March 19, 8 PM
Some notes I took:
the pursuit of "prosumer culture" - production & use of products by the same person
- Paypal decentralizes the traditional bank structure
- Youtube, myspace, etc. decentralize the music culture
Hours that Microsoft actually spends, as a whole, producing software in a week: 3.8 million
This is what he called "a microsoft"
- a few years ago, there were 468,000 programmers on sourceforge.net
- 10/hrs approx. per person per week
- about 1.4 "microsofts" on sourceforge
- about 1.6 "microsofts" in GPL entirely
so, who's producing more software? and who is spending more of their resources on advertising, middle management and twiddling of thumbs?
Commons is motivated by politics; to fight against the incumbents after all the power.
Free software is a "cultural outlook" - universal knowledge is possible through sharing of resources - our own expertise.
So share. Learn about GPL and the Creative Commons. It's really up to us to figure out a way to not have everything patented