Free as in beer, free as in speech
Wedding- and funeral-crashers have nothing on NYC-event-crashers.
On any given night, from gallery receptions to magazine launches, we’ve got a city just begging us to take their free wine, beer, crackers, and cheese. Sometimes you even walk away learning something new.
Creative Commons NYC held a salon in the city last night, hosted at the loft space of web video company For Your Imagination. (Nice digs — open space with an enormous green screen, tapestry rugs, and rows of shabby chic sofas. Reminded me of an old Alanis Morisette stage, or the beginnings of an Anthropologie window scene.)
Between Yuenglings, learned a few things by osmosis…
You can add some metadata (HTML snippet) to your Creative Commons license so that machines (computers, servers) can recognize your copyright. Can’t pretend to know what this means, but it’s all about making the computer smarter, and promoting (dun dun dun!) the semantic web.
Sometimes open-source conversations give people the heebie-jeebies. All this talk of distributed wealth and progress for all brings some people uncomfortably close to socialism or communism. Mike Hudack (CEO of cc-friendly videoblog service blip.tv) brought up the persistent question of “How is all this free stuff gonna make us money?” He emphatically said that remixes aren’t gonna make us money. Growth will make us money. He had a great quote about developing a “class consciousness” for a new generation of creative thinkers. Unfortunately I can’t reproduce his thought process here… but this idea of class is a recurring theme…
Back to your roots
The guys from Indaba music-collaboration site showed up. They pointed out that music was made for sharing and mixing — it’s all digital and multi-track these days. Business models at major record labels are gradually changing, and relaxing its rules on remixes. Quick quote from the guys:
“At the end of the day, people care more about The Roots than the kid who remixed them. The remix just drives them back to The Roots.”