Could this be a win-win situation?

Vladimir has been listening to the Unbounded Freedom launch debate on Counterpoint-online. He says we should all be growing up… fast:

“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.”

…and that this not only could, but must be a win-win situation… ?

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2 Comments on “Could this be a win-win situation?”

  1. “Win-win” implies sides and I actually don’t see sides in this situation 🙂

    Solutions of the future will be integrating, recognising that we all actually stand on the same side. Such solutions differ significantly from ones which are caught in the concept of “sides”.

    Many concepts involving “sides” are already beginning to disappear. Consider politics across Europe (and also in other countries): policies of “opposing” parties are steadily converging and they find it increasingly difficult to “differentiate” themselves, to maintain “identity”. In many areas the ways forward they envision are essentially the same. Voters now vote not for different political systems, but look for personalities, for credibility, for who is able to deliver.

    Regarding the legislation of tomorrow:

    Current legislation involves a lot about protection(ism), about setting restrictions and boundaries.

    The legislation of tomorrow will be focused on enabling, similar to the protocols of the Internet which define the connection interfaces between the computers, but not what data is exchanged or how the network is going to grow or be managed.

  2. Sorry to have misrepresented your thoughts, Vladimir. Thank you for the clarification – an interesting one. You are not in agreement, then, with this contributor to Indymedia UK – Neil – who wrote to protest at the ‘first convictions for file-sharing in this country back in January, after which I started a small campaign in Brighton to raise funds for one of those convicted, who happened to be a local postman.’

    Neil argues that, ‘These cases will only stop when enough people demonstrate that they will not accept the record industry’s attempts to dictate how people experience music and this will only happen when the lie of their claim to ownership over music is exposed, ironically, for the piracy it is.’

    He thinks that his battle is only just beginning to get underway, quoting ‘the son of the oil magnate Jean-Paul Getty’ as saying that, “Intellectual Property is the oil of the 21st century”.

    Or at a different level – what do you make of the argument between the British Library and the music recording industry, as well covered by Wendy M Grossman in a recent issue of the UK’s Guardian.,,1925067,00.html

    Are these mere blips which will be amicably resolved? – certainly I was intrigued by Andrew Orlowsky’s position in The Register that adult people with the requisite expertise were already sorting things out to avert any serious ‘clash of civilisations’… but I’m not sure how smooth or victimless a process that is likely to be, and on the whole, I think it is probably too important for all of us to leave it to the experts… do you agree?

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