A Successful Linux/Open-Source Business Model
Open Studios is built on Linux and open source. Other media facilities will be built using Linux and open source. Think about it; the world is ready and waiting. The explosion is coming. Can you hear it? There will be an Open Video Studios. There will be an Open Observatory Studios. There will be an Open You-Name-It Studios. That's what Linus Torvalds started, and with the Internet in front of us, Hollywood and the publishers will have to move over. Each facility is a focal point for expanded use in meeting the needs of the local community. Each community will be able to cost-effectively build networks around the facility because of the capabilities that Linux and open source provide.
Creative Commons has a web site, and you are encouraged to visit it soon. Some of our country's most esteemed legal counsel have joined together to provide a "new and different" kind of copyright. This we call the Public Domain. You and I have been given access to the legal services that might otherwise prevent the movement of creating a Commons for the People and to make possible the ability of individuals to follow an alternative professional track to what the big business folks offer. The University of North Carolina's Ibiblio.org project makes it possible for you and I to build a repository for Public Domain works that will dwarf the copyright folks clean out of sight. These are two of the most critical considerations, along with the Internet, that make it possible for the world community, within a brief moment in time, to change the way our world works--in favor of the individual and democracy. Walmart has driven small entrepreneurs out of business wherever they have established themselves. But, that doesn't mean their model will work on-line. They, like their counterparts in Hollywood, will have to earn their market share. And on-line, we are all on the same web page, so-to-speak. What that means is you and I can compete with the big guys. And with the Public Domain on our side, guess who's going to win this one!
The Internet has brought us the Digital Age, or something like that. What we see is a bright future for the Public Domain, now that the Copyright folks have decided to die with the past. Hail to the Public Domain and the designer merchandise era. This sounds a lot like the copyright party line, doesn't it? Wonder why?
Tom Poe is one of the cofounders of Open Studios. You can visit the Studio for Recording web site.
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