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Mentally contaminated:Doctorow and Jones


(video)One of the perks of working for the world’s leading open source company is the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the industry’s best and brightest. And since we’re big on sharing here at the Magazine, we strive to bring as many of these conversations to our readers as possible.

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Video by Jim Haverkamp and Brad Boll.
Produced by Kristin Hondros.

We had just finished reading Cory Doctorow’s most recent book when the chance to meet him fell in our lap. The author, blogger, and freedom fighter was in town for a pair of talks.

We were on the scene to check out his UNC chat, Pwned: How copyright turns us all into IP serfs, and also ventured over to Duke’s campus for MySpace to Homeland Security: Privacy and the Totalitarian Urge.

Of course, kudos to Joey Carr and the rest of the fine folks at ibiblio for the UNC video. And thanks to Jason Adams at Random Signal for the Duke podcast files; the official link is up at the Provost Lecture Series page as well.

The day after Doctorow’s back-to-back talks, we brought our video camera along for another, more intimate, chat. (The first piece like this, set in India at the Knowledge Symposium, featured Paul Jones and Software Freedom Law Center founder Eben Moglen.)

This piece covers recent and not-so-recent DRM attempts, as well as Cory’s thoughts on Apple’s thoughts on music. And, in the light-hearted spirit in which this film was shot, we mix it up a little with some Creative Commons material from the Prelinger archives. Enjoy… we know we did.

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