UK Open Knowledge Forum Network "open content" panel.

I wanted to point people to the talk given in London, England, on Wednesday 22nd February 2006. An audio recording has been pointed to from Cory Doctorow's BLOG, with Cory being one of the participants.

As a teaser:

Cory discusses some of his personal experiences as a science fiction writer thinking about the future ways of making money with literary works. He discusses how charismatics, with their on-stage presence, saw the advent of radio as destroying their profession. This gave way to virtuosity being the most important quality. We now have the virtuosos complaining that new media transforms again, with the most successful artists being those who now build relationships with fans. Virtuosos are a dime a dozen, but friends and even acquaintances are few. It is now the relationship builders, not the virtuosos or the charismatics, that will survive. Interestingly, this relationship building may restore some of the value of the charismatics of the past: technology giveth, and technology taketh away.

Paula LeDieu from iCommons discussed many things. Very timely given Carnival in Brazil (February 25-28, 2006) , she spoke about how Brazil is embracing "creative commons" and "open source" type philosophies.

She also spoke about the situation with music collective societies in Europe and how the way these incumbent societies are structured that musicians are forced to choose between Creative Commons licensing and being a member of a collective -- not being allowed to do both. This is a removal of the freedom of creators to mix-and-match old and new methods of production, distribution and funding, something I consider to be a clear violation of creators' rights. This is why collective societies are most often seen as competition or political opponents to the peer production/distribution movements.

There are some people in Canada who think it is possible to protect creators' rights and allow these choices to co-exist and work together. I hope that this is possible. It will be a radical change from what we saw in the last round of copyright consultations (from 2001 through Bill C-60) where the collectives were actively lobbying to remove any possibility of creators' freedom of choice.