This sounds like an interesting event to attend:
(PRESS RELEASE) WILCO’S JEFF TWEEDY AND STANFORD LAW PROFESSOR LAWRENCE LESSIG TO SPEAK
AT NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY ON APRIL 7
PAIR TO EXPLORE THE TOPICS OF COPYRIGHT, DOWNLOADING AND FILE-SHARING IN WHO OWNS CULTURE?
On April 7, the New York Public Library and Wired Magazine will present
musician, songwriter and author Jeff Tweedy and Stanford University law
professor Lawrence Lessig in a discussion moderated by Wired Magazine
contributing editor Steven Johnson. The engagement Who Owns Culture?
will explore the artistic, commercial and legal issues that surround the
Internet-enabled freeing of culture. It is part of the new series Live
From the NYPL.
Jeff Tweedy, whose band Wilco recently earned two Grammy awards for
their current Nonesuch Records release A ghost is born has openly
embraced the culture of digital downloading and file-sharing by
routinely offering free downloads of live music and new music on the
Wilco Web site wilcoworld.net. “A piece of art is not a loaf of bread,”
explains Tweedy. “When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store,
that’s it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of
music, it’s just data until the listener puts that music back together
with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience.”
“We need to listen more to those who teach by what they do,” says
Lawrence Lessig. “Jeff Tweedy, and Wilco, have done a great deal to
teach all of us something important about creativity.” Lessig is a
professor at Stanford Law School . He represented Web site operator Eric
Eldred in the groundbreaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the
1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Lessig was named one of
Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries for arguing “against
interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse
online.” He is a Wired columnist and the author of The Future of Ideas,
Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace and Free Culture: How Big Media Uses
Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. He
also chairs Creative Commons, an innovative nonprofit that offers a new
approach to creativity and copyright in the digital age – an approach
that respects authors’ rights both to control their work and share it on
their own terms.
Steven Johnson is a Wired contributing editor, and the author of Mind
Wide Open, Emergence, and Interface Culture. His new book, Everything
Bad Is Good For You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us
Smarter, will be published in May.
The New York Public Library is located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.
Tickets for Who Owns Culture? are on sale March 17 at 10 am through
Smarttix (212.868.4444 or Smarttix.com) and are $10.00 for General
Admission and $7.00 for Library Members.