I’m interested in a few comments that seem to go together from this weeks readings:
Rosenzweig’s article states, “A study in computer science finds that online articles are cited more than four times as often as offline articles.”
And, Lessig states in his lecture that in 2002 music sales, “5 times the amount of CDs sold were traded illegally on the internet but with only a 5% total loss in sales…”
And, Vaidhyanathan cites Richard Stallman’s statement, “I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a program I must share it with other people who like it. Software sellers want to divide the users and conquer them, making eacg user agree not to share with others. I refurse to break solidarity with other users in this way. I cannot in good conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software liscene agreement.”
These three statements all seem to suggest that “freeing,” using, and sharing of copy written information happens once it hits the internet.
I suppose my question this week is more of a reiteration of Lessig’s question in his lecture: “what have you done?” if information is going to be shared in vastly greater quantities once it is available digitally via the internet, what can we do to make information usable without the fear that some monopolizing company (like Disney) is going to come sue you??