Email required Address never made public. Name required. Post to Cancel. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! With that comes a substantial change in the ease, speed and cheapness with which people can discover, access and appropriate intellectual property. That in turn heralds a quite dramatic shift in the economics and politics of publishing". In Freedom of Information: The Internet as Harbinger of the New Dark Ages , I've identified a set of possible interpretations of the expression, investigated the ambiguities of 'wants' and 'free', and drawn implications for the rather ossified 'freedom of information' movement.
The Thomas Jefferson Quote, from "Stable ownership is the gift of social law, and is given late in the progress of society. It would be curious then, if an idea, the fugitive fermentation of an individual brain, could, of natural right, be claimed in exclusive and stable property. If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it.
Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
Priceonomics Data Studio. We are flattered you shared our blog post! Much of its force is due to the anthropomorphic metaphor that imputes desire to information. In Richard Stallman restated the concept normatively, without the anthropomorphization:. I believe that all generally useful information should be free. By 'free' I am not referring to price, but rather to the freedom to copy the information and to adapt it to one's own uses When information is generally useful, redistributing it makes humanity wealthier no matter who is distributing and no matter who is receiving.
Sign Out Sign In Register. Latest Insider. Check out the latest Insider stories here. Information Wants To Be Free. Kind of the digital equivalent of a tree-hugger. Brand himself later elaborated on the comments in his book The Media Lab and in some talks thereafter. Bradley later Chelsea Manning once used the phrase in an online chat to explain his prodigious leaking. Fat chance. When Hackers came out in mass market paperback a year later, thousands of readers devoured it.
And for three publishers and thirty years, they would keep reading. The apex of this came one day as a young reader—who, judging from his grungy garb, was clearly someone who had already spent many a night coding—approached me.
I might take issue with that. But this is just wrong. Calling IWTBF the ideological basis of the movement is like characterising bra burning as the primary preoccupation of feminists in reality, the number of bras burned by feminists in the history of the struggle for gender equality appears to be zero, or as close to it as makes no difference. They want open access to the data and media produced at public expense, because this makes better science, better knowledge, and better culture — and because they already paid for it with their tax and licence fees.