It was insane. Every piece of information you could imagine was only seconds away. Almost anything could be plucked from the void and almost everything was. Internet piracy has started a new renaissance, which only now is fully being realised. The surface has only been scratched of the multitude possibilities that the internet brings. More now than ever has information been more rampart and free flowing. Not even the greatest authorities on the Earth can stop this flood of sheer freedom. This freedom has mostly been used for pornography, movies, video games and any sort of visual entertainment. Under the façade of these copyright violating examples there is the seed of intellectualism in the form of e-literature, art and ideas that are finally coming to bloom. Novelists such as Cory Doctorow has made full use of these developments self-publishing his books online as well as capitalizing on the creative commons licence which allowed readers to circulate and share his stories as long as they didn’t make a financial gain from it. This may seem like a bad business choice for a budding writer but in fact it was exactly what made him stand out and succeed in literary circles. With that choice in particular it seems like Cory was ahead of the pack with the decision of self-publishing for writers becoming more and more of a viable option.
Cory Doctorow is the perfect example of the new breed of intellectual that was mentioned previously. I would say that he recognises this as become the figure head of many liberalisation copyright movements over the years which support the same freedom of information that lead him to the life he now leads. These changes in copyright and in the way we treat information are exciting and I am looking forward to see how it ends up. The outcome regarding piracy, privacy and copyright laws on the internet will also be a sign of things to come for the future of our world and the way we see it, we are truly living in history.
“Back before the internet we had a name for people who bought a single copy of our books and lent them to all their friends without charging: we called them “librarians”.”
― Charles Stross
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