Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 26th Apr 2007 01:19 UTC, submitted by muszek
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu Open Week is a series of IRC meetings of people behind the distribution and the community. Mark Shuttleworth answered various questions on Tuesday and Wednesday. The interview covers many issues, including: GPL v3, proprietary software, Microsoft's $3 project, Launchpad, non-free stuff in Ubuntu, April 19th siege of ubuntu.com, Canonical vs. Ubuntu Foundation, becoming F/OSS contributor. Full logs are available on Ubuntu wiki. Ubuntu News has a digest with the most interesting pieces. Also, another interview with Mark is here and four interesting Ubuntu articles are here, here, here and here.
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TBPrince
Member since:
2005-07-06

I suggest that you read that article.

DRM damaging culture? Blame authors, not distributors. No-one is forcing your favourite author to distribute using DRM. He could just distribute in other ways. Of course, if he/she wants good money, he will bow to distributors but yet he/she's the one to blame. That's the part so-called community refuses to accept.

Shuttleworth's analysis is very clever since he warns distributors that they're the weak ring in this chain. Authors will survive, customers will survive as well, but if someone finds a better business model, distributors will be kicked out of their business. Seems ODD to say that but to a better analysis, that's what's happening.

P.S. If your favourite author was really interested in "culture", he would give you his work to you. Beware of blaming the wrong ring in the chain, though majors ARE bad, greedy and so on.

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chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

P.S. If your favourite author was really interested in "culture", he would give you his work to you. Beware of blaming the wrong ring in the chain, though majors ARE bad, greedy and so on.

Like my favorite SF author Cory Doctorow who is also a convert to Ubuntu from OSX.

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l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

No-one is forcing your favourite author to distribute using DRM. He could just distribute in other ways. Of course, if he/she wants good money, he will bow to distributors but yet he/she's the one to blame.


Yo, blame the one who's gotta eat [well, not literally, but you get the point]. Think about it this way: who's got more power to lay the rules, the artist or the distributor ? Yes, there are some other ways to distribute your stuff, still, compare the moneys earned. One solution would be that a distributor company would pop up and offer good deals to artists and distribute drm-free. But thing is, what do you think, would the other distributors let that happen ? One can be optimistic, still, reality is reality.

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TBPrince Member since:
2005-07-06

That's not true.

Majors are greedy but so are authors. You can't sign a 20millions - 5millions - 1million contract with your author and then distribute for free. Unless you print money, of course ;-)

If authors would really care about cheap music/movies/works, they wouldn't ask for millions as prize. But they don't. Of course, if a major gives u 1 millions, that's only because they think they will gain 10x. But I've never heard of anyone stating "10 millions for my next record?? No, that's way too much! I will ask 10 thousands...".

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