Podcast of the launch debate

As a cultural relations think-tank, Counterpoint published Unbounded Freedom – as they say – ‘ to stimulate, inform and advance all sides of this debate, and to explore copyright alternatives more suited to the rapidly changing global circumstances of our digital age’.

To mark its publication, as part of the London Book Fair in the Century Club on September 29, they held just such a debate. It was chaired by Bill Thompson, technology critc for BBC Webwise and BBC News Online with Christian Ahlert, Creative Commons UK and Caroline Michel, William Morris Agency UK. The motion for debate was ‘Existing copyright laws limit the creativity of today’s global society. It is therefore our responsibility to promote access, not exclusivity’.

You can listen to an introduction, the presentation of the arguments for and against, and the discussion that ensued in two parts, if you go to the links on the Counterpoint Unbounded Freedom page.

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One Comment on “Podcast of the launch debate”


  1. What a heated debate 🙂

    But then, I’m not surprised the debate took such a course. The motion was defined in such a way as to tempt participants into thinking that they fundamentally oppose each other. They don’t. Both sides are for
    creativity that doesn’t suffer petty restrictions AND for creativity that enriches both giver and receiver.

    What some perceive as conflict between Copyright law and the ideas of the Creative Commons movement is in fact only a symptom of an issue at a deeper level:

    In the culture we have created it feels hard to give as well as receive reward. Why is this so?

    Because we believe to live in a world of scarcity and struggle which justifies exploitation?

    Because we believe somebody always has to lose?

    Because of mistrust – in our society, in our economy, in ourselves?

    Let me tell you that we as humans have reached a point in our development where it is no longer justifiable to feel victims of factors beyond our understanding and reach, victims of our world. Our traditional culture and religions have deeply ingrained thoughts that we are disadvantaged and rely on the mercy of external influences. But now we have reached an age when it’s time to grow up. Our society, our technology and our consciousness approach a level where it no longer makes sense to believe in half-solutions, in deprivation and the need to compromise with ourselves and our dreams.

    The need for protecting legislation will vanish when giving is no longer associated with losing. That would require not simply an economy where people thrive, but an economy where we, our ideas and our creations are interconnected more effectively and on a greater scale; an economic system which also reflects our finer and intangible needs, economic interactions which by degrees of fluidity and connectivity resemble our hyperlinked Internet.

    I believe this to be firmly within our reach, within a generation or so.


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