[EXTENDED-UPDATE: Just as I had hoped there has been a significant demand for both the stream and the downloadable files. As such as I have posted the zip file to a second server which should provide a much higher download speed as well as a torrent file.]
via Doug Kaye the following two links will provide even more links and content relating to Free Culture. Thanks Doug!
via Scott Matthews the following link will open up a pretty sweet little “mini-reader” in which you can access each individual audio chapter. Thanks Scott!
Also, I spoke with Professor Lessig in email after posting this and discussed setting up a discussion forum in which folks who have questions, comments, etc… can utilize as an ongoing conversation regarding Free Culture and the topics presented in each chapter. He liked the idea, so I set the forum up on ChannelXML, of which I have broken down into sub forums, grouped by chapter name.
If there are more links that I am unaware of, please let me know either through email, via a comment below, or via the above linked forums and I will be sure to update this list.
Thanks everyone! This is GREAT to see so much community involvement! I believe this is EXACTLY how we can all help bring the summarized message of Professor Lessigs title into a reality, helping to eliminate the perceived need for destructive copyright law by showcasing to each of our local, national, and international communities that these laws are simply not necessary, and in fact do more damage than they could EVER do good speaking in terms from both the commercial and creative side of the overall package.
In other words:
Current copyright law minimizes (in fact it STIFLES creativity in many regards) creativity by minimizing the incentive for artists to create.
Creativity nurtures commercial viability. If you minimize creativity, you minimize marketability.
Seems pretty straightforward to me :)
Free Culture, a book by Lawrence Lessig, creator and CEO of CreativeCommons, is quite possibly the most important piece of literature for our modern day culture in regards to copyright law, and the current state in which it imposes upon our freedoms. Through permission received directly from Professor Lessig, we have created a commercial free, and freely accessible audio stream that will be running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the rest of eternity, or until Professor Lessig were to request for us to discontinue this stream, whichever comes first :) We encourage you all to take a bit of time out of your schedule each day and listen in on this wonderful gift we have been given by a man dedicated to bringing about necessary change in our copyright laws such that we can truly live in a Free Culture in which the freedom to create, not destructive copyrights, prevails above all else.
For personal reasons I needed to take a day+ off of work and as such there are still a few more details to finish up for the new interface into Kurts and my “eXplorations” podcast website. However, I don’t want to allow my own inefficiencies to get in the way of announcing the above, which is what you will currently find on the front page of the above linked site.
As soon as I have a chance I plan to add a downloadable version of this audio title such that you all can download and listen on-the-go to what many folks, including myself, feel to be the most important work in our modern day in bringing about a widespread understanding and subsequent change because of this understanding to the current state of destructive copyright law here in the United States and abroad.
Thanks for taking the time to listen. This stuff is REALLY important!
A special thank you, as well, to Professor Lessig for allowing us to create this stream, and for giving this world such a wonderful gift in Free Culture, Code, The Future of Ideas, Code v.2, and, of course, Creative Commons. Folks like Lawrence Lessig come around once every third generation or so. I guess our generation just kind of lucked out :)
PLEASE NOTE: Sylvain and I are watching the server we have this streaming from like a hawk. If necessary, we have a backup server ready to go to handle any extra load this announcement might bring. We are also prepared to add as many servers as necessary to handle any load thrown at us. In other words, bring it… we’re ready. But also, if theres a hickup or two, adapting the system to handle the extra load will be the reason why.