Lessig Addresses Crazy Linux Users at LinuxWorld
Creative Commons advocate Lawrence Lessig opens the LinuxWorld Conference with a keynote on the open-source revolution.The attitude at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo was exuberant. The conference, which started on Tuesday in San Francisco, hosted Linux developers and enthusiasts who together celebrated the 15th anniversary of an operating system (OS) that did what most people thought was impossible: it challenged Windows. The conference began with a keynote presentation by Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford University and author of Free Culture, who called Linux enthusiasts the "crazy ones" with a dream that materialized. Lessigs speech was a call to action for the underdogs of the OS world to create open-source software in order to create what he calls a "read-write culture" as opposed to a "read-only culture."
"What is read-only culture in the digital age? Its an Internet that can increasingly protect the control that the copyright owner has over that content," Lessig said. "In that sense, the law embraces the read-only Internet. At the same time, there is a different Internet being built. A read-write Internet built by companies much more interested in how people create and share their creativity."