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February 9, 2005

Toward a Kinder, Gentler Debate?

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  • David Weinberger @ Joho: DRUMS - Digital ID for Stuff: "Scott Matthews has an idea-in-progress called DRUMS. It's a database of creative works and relevant metadata including, crucially, rights and permissions. It'd be maintained by a trusted authority, if we can ever find one of those again. Scott thinks this might provide the infrastructure required to develop a middle path between the copyright totalitarians and the free culture hippies. (Disclosure: I am a free culture hippy.)"
  • Patrick Ross @ PFF: More on Middle Ground: "Some have criticized me -- fairly -- for not putting forward a constructive middle ground approach in my CNET piece. I'm working on one now that I hope to have published soon, but I wanted to put Scott's out there now. I'm not completely sold on Scott's proposal, but he wants it to be a starting point for constructive dialogue, and I'm all for that."
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan @ Sivacracy: Every Once in a While: "...someone immersed in the copyright debate takes a chance and proposes a new way of doing things that might loosen the deadlock between the Free Culture Movement and the content industries...I am sorry that Scott chose the ad-hominem-addicted hacks at the Progress and Freedom Foundation to release this plan. But they asked for it by falsely portraying themselves as seeking the 'middle ground.'"
  • J.D. Lasica @ Darknet: Finding middle ground in the copyright wars: "Laws aren't the answer. Inventive, forward-looking new business models are."

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1. Alexander Wehr on February 9, 2005 5:02 PM writes...

"free culture hippies"

what precisely is so "out there" about the idea of being allowed to manufacture, purchase, and use tools for fair use of our media under the copyright act?

does wanting to have the explicit and de facto rights granted to me in the analog world by such things as the AHRA and betamax case make me a hippie?

maybe it's the fact that I don't want orwellian micromanagement through so called "DRM" technologies?

I'm sorry but if you consider that too far left then i think it's YOU whose drifted too far right.

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2. Neo on February 10, 2005 7:27 AM writes...

"Free culture hippies"? I think the author of "Free Culture", a conservative lawyer as I recall, would find this characterization either amusing or insulting, depending on whether he's had his morning coffee yet. :)

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3. Scott Matthews on February 10, 2005 10:51 AM writes...

Regarding use of the term "free culture hippies" -- it would make more sense to see it along with the paren that immediately followed:

David Weinberger: "...a middle path between the copyright totalitarians and the free culture hippies. (Disclosure: I am a free culture hippy.)"

-Scott

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4. Donna on February 10, 2005 11:49 AM writes...

I think you're right. Fixed.

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