Cory Doctorow Speech at Google

Jul 14th

Cory Doctorow spoke at Google a few months ago. His speech covers IP protection, copyright law, DRM, and international trade laws. It is well worth a listen for any web entrepreneur, especially those considering getting published.

Published: July 14, 2007

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Comments

Deke
July 14, 2007 - 2:49am

Sure didn't take long before these nerds were referencing Star Trek. Otherwise... thanks for the video Aaron!

Ed
July 14, 2007 - 1:17pm
Damien Donnelly
July 14, 2007 - 7:41pm

That rocked - I particularly liked the part where he discussed the correlation with the drug war. For this, I see the solution to be a solution proposed by Tim Leary, to license and legalise all drugs. That way you still allow people the freedoms to use powerful things for good purposes (eg guns and cars) however, this comes with a complete understanding that the user is educated and behaves responsibly.

Thereby, many of the societal problems caused by the drug war, not drugs, are solved. The problems caused by drugs are much more minor to society, and more easily addressed through open tracking, decriminalisation of citizens and regulated sources.

July 25, 2007 - 10:38am

Very cool! I like it! :)

Kyle Eggleston
July 16, 2007 - 3:55am

Good video. I'm not done with it yet but I can see the value in hearing this guy speak.

Thanks Aaron

Justin
July 16, 2007 - 8:13am

Cory mentions the trade deficit and how the U.S. is suffering from manufacturing moving over seas. Some new ideas in economics don't support this. Check out this article:
http://www.thinkalpha.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=345&...

The basic concept is this:
"Of even greater moment is the fact that trade statistics measure dollars per sale, rather than the profits derived from sales, according to GaveKal. The sale in the U.S. of a $700 Dell computer might generate a negative trade balance of $450, representing the purchase from Asian companies of various components shipped for assembly in the U.S. Yet that same transaction might generate only a $30 profit for the Asian vendors working on slender margins, while the American companies -- Dell for its mark-up, Microsoft for its software and Intel for its microprocessor -- might realize a profit of about $250. The U.S. comes out a big winner, even though, through the prism of the trade balance, it appears to be sucking wind."

There's a lot more in the article about this. Very interesting stuff, I recommend giving it a read. It changed my view of our economy.

tom
July 16, 2007 - 11:28pm

Great video, I am glad I took an hour to listen to it. This is the type of video that the whole world needs to see.

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