[ANN] Availability of Free Culture Audio Stream

by M. David Peterson

[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.]

Location One (prefered)

BitTorrent File

Location Two (backup)

via Doug Kaye the following two links will provide even more links and content relating to Free Culture. Thanks Doug!

[http://akma.disseminary.org/archives/001256.html] : [http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail111.html]

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!

["Free Culture" popup audiobook]

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 :)

: eXplorations : A Weekly State of the IT Industry Podcast Hosted by Kurt Cagle & M. David Peterson

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.


Kevin Farnham
2006-03-25 08:55:03
I was about to buy more of Lawrence Lessig's books -- his "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace" is one of the best books I've read in the past few years. I am working on my first book, which is about MySpace.com, and while the book focusses on near-term safety issues for parents, as I write it much of what I learned from "Code" enters into my thinking about the long-term effects of huge online personal information databases controlled by the MySpace code.

Thank you Lawrence Lessig, and thanks also to the people at O'Reilly for hosting the stream and making it downloadable. I'll probably still buy the book, but having the steam available lets me start listening right away.

Doug Kaye
2006-03-25 10:13:33
You'll also find recordings of the book at
M. David Peterson
2006-03-25 11:23:36
Hey Kevin,

This is wonderful to hear! A project that I am working on with a group of friends is what you might term MySpace.com for people who actually have a conscience. Its a neat project. We should talk more.

Send me an email to the address posted on my profile if you have a chance.

Regarding this audio stream... yes... PLEASE!!! Listen as often as you desire, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. As we both know, this is REALLY important work!

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

M. David Peterson
2006-03-25 11:26:17
Hey Doug,

Fanastic! The broader of a surface area, the better! It also encourages more people to become more actively involved because we all can feel like we're doing something to make a difference. I believe this to be a VERY important part of the human emotion that encourages even greater involvement from even more people. Thanks for sharing these links!!!

Jim Woulfe
2006-04-02 03:56:09
Thanks guys, for the chance to kill two birds with one stone.
M. David Peterson
2006-04-02 04:10:53
Hi Jim,

I think thats the coolest comment I have ever seen posted to ANY blog posting :) I'll be sure to ping Professor Lessig and let him know to take a look... I'm sure it will bring a smile to his face as well :)

Thanks for the comment! :)

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