Beautiful essay on the fight against the old system of copyright:
Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Why I Copyfight
“Culture’s imperative is to share information: culture is shared information. Science fiction readers know this: the guy across from you on the subway with a gaudy SF novel in his hands is part of your group. You two have almost certainly read some of the same books, you’ve got some shared cultural referents, some things to talk about.
When you hear a song you love, you play it for the people in your tribe. When you read a book you love, you shove it into the hands of your friends to encourage them to read it too. When you see a great show, you get your friends to watch it too â€” or you seek out the people who’ve already watched it and strike up a conversation with them. “