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In the Middle: A Time for Radical Hope: Freedom, Responsibility, Publishing, and Building New Publics
CONFESSION: I am an unrepentant utopianist who is also a recovering medievalist. And here I want us to reflect on the fact that the relation between publication (the dissemination of our research but also the creation of publics) and what a university is, and does, is extremely important, and the the library -- one of the most ancient institutions in human culture that, at Alexandria in ancient Egypt, was housed within the Institution of the Muses where it served as both universal memory and the hive of scholarship -- this Library (capitalized to indicate its status as Ideal) plays no little role in this relation as well, although that fact is often obscured by the fact that less and less people are actually going IN to the library anymore, and thus are also becoming less and less aware of the library’s function as a sort of thrumming brain of the university, especially also because many of the university library’s functions have been taken over by, quite literally, corporate and other types of pirates. But libraries, as orderly and ordered as they may appear, with their neat rows of books and catalog numbering and storage protocols and databases and so on, are also beautiful messes -- great, unmoored galleons -- that contain within all of their ultimately fragile and incomplete systems of control and order, the most baroquely disorderly house of wild thought ever built that could never be domesticated. That is also my working definition for the humanities, the sciences, and the university more largely: these are the very sites, par excellence, for anything being possible at all. And this is what we need to protect. And this is where the utopianist and recovering medievalist part of me comes in because I believe that if we have today more technological tools than we have ever had before, then what we should be doing now is maximalizing what it is possible to say, do, and publish, and in as many material forms as possible, and not winnowing down, or streamlining, the possible modes and platforms for our work and its dissemination, or else we risk turning our enterprise into Amazon.edu. One size never did fit all and where did that expression come from, anyway? Sounds like a bad sales pitch to me.
academia  library  publishing  piracy  form  style  2013  openaccess 
november 2013 by jju
Cory Doctorow, eBook Piracy, and Dandelions | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Digital Publishing News
What I say when people claim that piracy is unacceptable is, ‘Well, what do you plan to do about it?’ You end up diverting a huge amount of money into alienating people.
corydoctorow  piracy  ebooks  2013 
february 2013 by jju
Connecting in the City - Simon Fraser University
Later Wednesday evening, the Public Square staff is dealing with an overcapacity crowd at Big Ideas for Libraries in Communities. Ten presenters pitch their ideas on the future of libraries to the audience, and while co-winners Shirley Lew and Tara Robertson celebrate their victories, many discuss Justin Unrau’s presentation, "Your Friendly Neighbourhood Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy."

Unrau suggests using libraries as a breeding ground for piracy and information, and while many in the audience are uncomfortable with the notion, it’s the type of conversation that can prompt others to envision outside-the-box ideas, exactly the type of discussion SFU Public Square was designed to produce.
me  sfu  library  shirleylew  tararobertson  2012  piracy  publicsquare  @share 
november 2012 by jju
Frequently Asked Questions (and some not so frequently asked- just read 'em already!) | Scott Sigler: New York Times Bestselling Author
What you call "illegal downloading" I call "free advertising." Author Cory Doctorow summed it up best when he said "piracy isn't my enemy, obscurity is." The more people who hear my stories, the more people likely to become diehard fans that are happy to spend money on products because they know they are going to get quality for their money. Until now, publishing has expected you to give them money before you get the product.

The future will change that, in no small part because consumers pay money for products that turn out to be crap, weak stories in which the author did not put in the proper amount of work and dedication. I give away all of my stories. That gives me greater market exposure, gets more people familiar with my name. That will pay off in five to ten years when I am putting out the third and fourth book in a series, and a percentage of those "pirates" can't wait for the story and are happy to pay for it when it first comes out. If you are open with your customers and willing to let your stories speak for themselves, there is no such thing as a "lost sale." People who aren't going to pay for your stories aren't going to pay for them, period. But they may download a copy, love the story, then talk to people in their social circle -- now I have people who wouldn't have heard about me getting a positive, word-of-mouth endorsement.
scottsigler  libr561  audiobooks  writing  corydoctorow  piracy  obscurity  giap  socialmedia 
march 2011 by jju
(Secret) US cables reveal: ACTA was far too secret
US government cables published by WikiLeaks show us that it wasn't just "the usual blogger-circles" (as the US Embassy in Sweden called them) complaining about the secrecy of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
wikileaks  acta  secrecy  piracy  counterfeiting  international  trade  politics  usa 
february 2011 by jju
Online copyright crackdown: Where did all my favorite American shows go? - Shanghaiist
Back in November 2010, the government said it would ban any form of trading and supplying of unauthorized foreign TV shows. We heard that, said "Yeah, okay" and then went back to watching the new season of Mad Men on Tudou.com because well, if it was gonna be anything like the smoking ban, then we'd have nothing to worry about, right?
china  tv  copyright  ban  youku  ku6  tudou  piracy 
january 2011 by jju

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