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Oh music to my old punky ears not noise at all
kind of like sun ra and the stooges on heat


did you see my posts earlier on the meaning of free in american law?

Did I send them here?

I am trying to write this up for the Sarai Journal at the moment.


On Monday 08 December 2003 08:22, august wrote:
On Monday 08 December 2003 06:13, Niall Douglas wrote:
If some top violinist says that all music must be free, would a
sizeable minority of all musicians totally buy into that mantra?

aah I see this is it

yes to say information wants to be free is such a hollow statement. It
seesmt hatt hose who accept it at face value see information as some
rareified thing that is somehow made immune from
power/politics/law/desire beacuse we say it is or wish it to be. The
whole mantra as you have called it needs to be critically analysed. As do
the equally facile staments about non rivalrous, gift economy etc. In my
own little way I have been trying to prompt such a debate but people just
want to reply with the mantra and its coordinates.

I also have this experience.  I wince and roll my eyes everytime I hear
someone say "information wants to be free".

I'm probably going to get pummeled for this, but I also have a problem
with RMS's "freeness". RMS is basically a capitalist.  he doesn't really
say it, but my guess is the objects of trade in RMS's world of free
software have something to do with ego and recognition.

I certainly think creative work should be reworded, but find RMS's stance
to be old-skool, wierdly neo-liberal, and immature (in good and bad ways).




"Mind you, I am not asking you to bear witness to what you believe false, 
which would be a sin, but to testify falsely to what you believe true - which 
is a virtuous act because it compensates for lack of proof of something 
that certainly exists or happened." Bishop Otto to Baudolino in Umberto Eco's 


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