Blog Book Club: A Promise re "Promises to Keep"


Professor Terry Fisher’s new book is the most serious, comprehensive treatment of the alternatives we face for protecting copyright in a digital age. While it’s famous for his particular solution, it is most effective when you see his solution against the background of the complete set of alternatives that he surveys.

I think this book deserves extremely serious consideration by all who think seriously about this issue. I’ve asked Terry to guest blog during the week of October 24, but I’d encourage people to look at the book before then. His publisher has permitted him to make only two chapters available freely. You can find them on his website. You can also get the book at Amazon.

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6 Responses to Blog Book Club: A Promise re "Promises to Keep"

  1. Tim Keller says:

    PTK’s Fatal Flaws

    Many people and organizations would have to cooperate in order to implement any one of those proposals. The intensifying strife during the past dozen years between consumers, record and movie companies, technology manufacturers, and artists might suggest that such cooperation is unlikely. One characteristic shared by all three models, however, provides the basis for optimism. Under each one, almost everyone would fare better than under the current regime. If the representatives of each group of players could come to see that regimes beneficial to all parties are imaginable and feasible, we could work collectively to transform the world of recorded entertainment.

    If all that was possible, we wouldn’t be where we are. As far as we’re concerned, the entertainment industry has a monopoly on power & fully excercizes it. What we need is not more “good ideas” that’ll only be ignored by those in power. What’s needed is better ways to organize ourselves so we can have more of a voice in the corridors & backrooms of power. Self organization, smart mobs, wise crowds, emergent democracy, network effects, transparent society, open source intelligence, whatever you want to call it – this is where our effort needs to be directed. Once we have the possibility of effecting change & not just shouting into the wind, then we can start to think about what changes we want to make. Until then it’s pretty much wasted effort.


  2. raoul says:

    What has to happen is the RIAA needs to be boycotted and the file sharering consumers need to be assisted with technology and legal defenses to the point where their numbers grow ten fold and put a real hurt on the majors.

    It’s all out war and the RIAA and their ilk need to suffer.

    The argument needs to be defined as Lessig being the moderate and the RIAA as being the radicals. That is accomplished by giving a louder voice to the consumers.

    P2P networking is more like radio than record distribution.

  3. three blind mice says:

    Representatives of the record companies and movie studios refer to the developes and users of the new technology as “thieves.” Consumers and their advocates increasingly describe the companies and studios as “greedy monopolists” and celebrate their impending extinction as a form of “creative destruction.”

    impending extinction?

    perhaps, but fisher’s apparent suggestion that the dinosaurs should be replaced by two-legged government bureaucrats doesn’t sound like evolution to us.

    it sounds like getting hit by a second, larger, and more devastating, meteor.

  4. ” sounds like getting hit by a second, larger, and more devastating, meteor.”

    And just about as likely. Proposals by academicians are most frequently blather of vanity. The people who make the real change will be doing post-Napster file sharing that will be effective and probably undetectable.

    The old order crumbleth before the ingenuity of the “hackers for a creative commons”.

    fuck a bunch of copyrights. We’re all in this together.


  5. Tim Keller says:

    The people who make the real change will be doing post-Napster file sharing that will be effective and probably undetectable.

    Here’s the people who’ll make the real change: IPac, the Intellectual Property PAC.


  6. raoul says:

    �creative destruction.� Can’t avoid it.

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