Sounds a little homey and comfortable, doesn’t it? Ok, so I may be the largest geek, but I did in fact tune in to Lessig’s live streamed event last Thursday to listen to his thoughts of the future of content, especially that dealing with online media and video.
As with most initial online ventures, they begin with some technical difficulties, and some throughout, but the majority of the folks, including myself, streamed with no problem.
Some of the highlights:
- they used the open format Ogg Theora to deliver the content
- Disney received a share of scrutiny, but Lessig did not blame them, but the policies and laws in place that allow them to make their decisions
- Disney built on works in public domain or until it entered public domain, but would never allow that (think Brothers Grimm fairy tales)
- Distortion will grow with unlimited political contributions allowed now
- He admitted going into an ‘off topic’ area with his focus on Congress and Changing Congress, but we all know that’s right where these issues lie
I hope they will soon put the speech online. The site of the chate came from http://openvideoalliance.org/, so this site may release it eventually. While many of the topics were similar (or exact!) to other speeches he made, some were unique and definitely worth watching. Lessig gets it. He doesn’t want Copyright to go away, he sees the need for it, but also sees the we abuse it. I believe he just may have inspired me to be more active in my efforts as well.