Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford University and an advocate for an idea called "Free Culture." Here is a lecture he gave on October 5, 2006.
Lessig is the mind behind 'Creative Commons' licenses and the idea of free culture. His view on the open source and the copyright laws plaguing the internet today match up with quite a few other people's. He argues for two major economies and basically how they can intertwine. These are some of his ideas:
- The Commercial and Sharing economy and distinctly different. One is out to make money and one is out to create a community.
- These economies can intertwine to create what Lessig calls a "hybrid" economy, so long as the values of the sharing culture are not poisoned by the commercial, corporate culture.
As a musician myself, I am open to the idea of sharing my own live music with others, for free. An album might be a different story, but to penalize an individual for listening to my live music, which might ultimately help me sell more records and have better concert attendance, is absurd.
Think about these points and maybe find your own views on Lessig and the 'free culture'.