Piracy and the Democratization of Creativity

An intriguing interview with Jim Griffin at the Register about the intersection of technology in the form of wireless, piracy and creativity. He begins with a very promising start, at least to my ears:

We have to start with the a priori notion that we must democratize access to art and knowledge. That’s a baseline notion of a civilized society. We have libraries that will get you any movie, and any song, and any book; and price or money should not stop you hearing those songs. Museums go even further, with the idea that great art should be able to travel, to come to you, and feel free.

For anyone who doesn’t start with that notion, you have to ask who they’re working for.

From there he continues:

The flow of information once digitized, this anarchy of art and knowledge and creativity, can’t be controlled. We’ve designed our societies around the anarchy. For example, we’ve been emphatic about the notion that we can’t control speech. We may send out the secret police and have all manner of efforts of control; but basically we don’t believe in it.

So we’re left with two paths here. Will we try and end the anarchy of art, or will we try and monetize it? Art and knowledge and creativity are fascinating to us because they make our lives better when they’re not controlled. And we’ve monetized it successfully throughout history.

via Copyfight.