by Cory Doctorow
53 minutes, 1 second
Unabridged Speech on Technology and Business Issues
On June 17, 2004, science fiction author and EFF spokesman Cory Doctorow talked to Microsoft Research Group and other interested parties about Digital Rights Management (DRM), copyright, and the technology that cleaves them together and apart. In five parts, Doctorow covers everything from DVD region coding and the player piano to the Apple iTunes Music Store and why Sony didn’t create the digital successor to its once-ubiquitous Walkman. Everything you ever wanted to know about DRM, but were afraid to tell Microsoft.
Read by Alex Wilson. The text of this speech is freely available online [new window].
Originally for sale on December 7, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later (approximately; apologies for the delay). See the Mission page for why.
Cory Doctorow is an award-winning science fiction author of two novels and numerous acclaimed short stories. He is the European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). And he is co-editor of the popular technology weblog Boing Boing. More info about all this stuff can be found on his website. [new window]
Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)
Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical) Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.