JOHO -- Like Cory Doctorow before him, David Weinberger ventured to Redmond to explain why Microsoft's current approaches to DRM are a path to failure. "A pay-per-use system and allowing artists to control their works much past launching them into the world will kill culture."
Weinberger spoke to "Web publishers across all of Microsoft's departments, and Microsoft Research. With the publishers, I talked in a cluetrainy way about the rise of voice and conversation in world that's been dominated by a broadcast model of marketing. To the Research group, I talked about how our insistence in thinking of everything as information (hint: DNA is not information) leads us to miss the importance of the unspoken."
Weinberger said "when it comes to creative works, we are not 'consumers,' and we are not users. Rather we appropriate creative works, that is, we make them our own. We apply them to our own context. We get them somewhat right or entirely wrong. They become part of us. That's how how we learn and how culture changes."
Like Lessig before him, Weinberger argues that creatives should lose control of their works as quickly as possible. Pay them, but not for every bit of value they create. We should not have to pay the grandson of James Joyce to read Ulysses in front of a public audience.
David Weinberger -- "Notes from Microsoft"
Dan Gillmor -- "Studios demanding too much in their copyright campaign"
Lawrence Lessig -- "Free Culture"