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Lessig on Digital Barbarism

Lawrence Lessig has posted a review of David Halperin's recent book, Digital Barbarism.

Halperin, who authored the (in)famous New York Times article calling for perpetual copyright, has now compiled his ideas into a book. Lessig offers a much-needed critique, including citing misconceptions about Creative Commons (Halperin conflates it not only with "freeware" with software... more

A reflection on the ccPeru launch
Daniela Faris · Johannesburg (South Africa) · Jul 11th, 2006 8:17 am · 20 votes · no comments made
ccPeru launch party, Oscar Montezuma (, CC BY 3.0 (
ccPeru launch party, by Oscar Montezuma
During the iCommons Summit held in June this year, Pedro Mendizˇbal and Oscar Montezuma from Peru were thinking about more than just the workshops to be attended, or the sights of Rio, or even the quality of caipirinhas at the evening events.

With the upcoming launch of Creative Commons Peru (ccPeru), due to take place just a few days after the iCommons Summit, the two Peruvians were preoccupied with the smooth running of the event. 'I've been in constant contact with the team back home,' Oscar said at the Summit, looking distractedly at his phone.

The Peru project leads left hurriedly right after the Summit, and on 28 June the ccPeru team successfully launched ccPeru at the iLaw Program in Lima, with Prof. Lawrence Lessig and Prof. William Fisher in attendance.
A few weeks after the event, Oscar gave feedback on the event, and reflected on what can be expected from ccPeru in the future. What was the biggest challenge in preparing the licenses to be launched in Peru?
Oscar: We did the license implementation and part of the community building phase simultaneously following a similar pattern to what Heather Ford did with Creative Commons South Africa. We had a pre-launch event in October, 2005 at the Peruvian Competition and Intellectual Property Agence (INDECOPI) and we were invited to many other events at public and private institutions which were interested in knowing more about Creative Commons. As you may see this demanded a lot of time and effort from the ccPeru team. Therefore the logistics of the launch event were a big challenge for us, especially becuase we were hosting the 11th iLaw Program with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School at the same time. The results went far beyond our expectations, there were lots of attendees and many people were interested and we had full media coverage in the main Peruvian newspaper. What was your personal highlight of the launch event?

Oscar: Prof. Lessig gave a brilliant and emotive speech on free culture and the Creative Commons project worldwide. We received support from a great number of private and public institutions such as the National Council on Science and Technology (CONCYTEC), The Peruvian National Library, many public and private universities, the Peruvian Free Software Movement and blogosphere. We must also highlight the support from the President of INDECOPI, Santiago Roca, who greeted the launch of CC Peru, welcoming it 'as a legitimate exercise of authors that would allow them to grant universal access of their works.' Tell us more about the launch party, which you hosted at your home.
Oscar: I hosted a dinner at home on June 27th where I invited all the iLaw and ccPeru speakers and supporters, as well as our friends from ccChile. They say 'home is where the heart is,' and that is why I thought home was the perfect place to do this. All the decorations were based on the colours of the iLaw and ccPeru launch posters, so this gave a particularly warm atmosphere. There was also a Peruvian band who played Jazz, Bossa Nova and traditional Peruvian music, and we also played the 'Musica Llivre' CD that Ignasi Labastida i Juan (ccSpain) gave us at the Summit with CC licensed music. The evening was perfect because I also had my big family hosting all my guests (Peruvian hospitality at its best). Finally I gave a brief speech thanking all for the support given. I think we had a great evening. What projects can we expect from ccPeru now that the official launch has taken place?
Oscar: Heir to ancient cultures and a rich colonial tradition, Peru is a magical spot which involves one of the richest biodiversities of Earth, and is a melting pot of different cultures who together are forging the promise of a better future, as Prom Peru well describes it. As you may see our country is full of culture, which suggests we have an interesting target here to work with the CC project. Moreover, we have been contacted not only by universities but also by musicians who would like to work on CC. This is Peruvian Free Culture in the making, so stay tuned for many amazing projects ahead. As I mentioned in a past interviews I think Peru could become the next free culture spot in South America.

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