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John Perry Barlow At The eG8

Friday, May 27th, 2011


John Perry Barlow, the author of the Declaration Of Independence Of Cyberspace, was at the recent eG8 conference where he spoke very eloquently about the bullshit efforts of governments and corporations to own and control the internet. French President Sarkozy bluntly described the internet as “a new territory waiting to be conquered”.

Yeah – you little weasel – that worked out real well for you and yours in Africa, didn’t it? Fucker.

It’s worth listening through the over-chewed garbage coming out of the mouths of the other participants as they spew nonsensical propaganda about the “creation industry” for Barlow’s response, where he cuts them off at the knees.

Listen to Barlow and learn – because the internet, the technological extension of your nervous system that connects you with other human beings around the world, is under siege by the corrupt powers who believe they are entitled to own and control you.

Have a nice day.


P.S. I found this stuff over at Roger Davies excellent blog.

P.P.S. Also scrounged from Davies’ blog is this short interview with Jeff Jarvis on his reaction to the eG8. Jarvis is always worth reading and listening to – like this excellent write up of the eG8 from his own blog.

eG8 – Jeff Jarvis – CUNY Professor in Journalism from OWNI on Vimeo.

P.P.S.S.-etc. And from Susan Crawford, via her Twitter feed, comes this excellent post by Alex Howard which pretty much sums up the whole eG8 clusterfuck.


Keynote – e-G8 from lessig on Vimeo.

Theft: A History Of Music

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Cory Doctorow posted this on BoingBoing and I thought I’d share it with you. James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins and Keith Aoki – the same folks who brought us “Bound By Law” – have another treatise on copyright in comic book form coming out called: “Theft: A History Of Music”.

Here’s a sample page:

theft a history of music

Can’t wait to read the whole thing.

Meanwhile – the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) is slathering on the brown lipstick for a lobbying trip to Washington where they’ll dance like a self-pleasuring monkey to the lying tunes of the US music industry, conveniently ignoring the actual facts about Canadian copyright law as so deftly explicated by Prof. Michael Geist. I’m so fed up with this bullshit – let’s just toss a nickel in Graham Henderson’s tin cup and kick him down the stairs.


Will Copyright Laws Stifle Creativity?

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

There’s been a lot of bullshit happening in Canada as the Harper government does its best to look pretty whilst wearing the brown lipstick of the U.S. media industry. You can find out more about the pitiful shenanigans of the music industry, blatantly stacking town hall meetings to discuss copyright reform, and the suppression of alternative voices at these so called “open and public discussions”, on other blogs like Michael Geist and Jill Golick or and BoingBoing. I’ve ranted and raved about it before – and doubtless will again – but right now it’s the weekend and I’m lazy and I’m gonna go lie down and read a cheap mystery novel.

In the meantime, here’s a short video of Prof. Lawrence Lessig giving a talk this past February at the New York Public Library (along with Steven Johnson and Shepard Fairey) addressing the very real concerns that our copyright laws are being hijacked by dying media industries to support a failed and archaic business model and in those efforts to stem the inevitable tide of technological and cultural progress they are stealing our voices, stealing our right to speak and hear about our world.

Will copyright laws stifle creativity? If the major media companies are allow to corrupt our elected officils and subvert our democratic processes to assert their right to define what culture is – as in: whatever they sell us and nothing else – then Yes the laws of copyright are a threat to creativity and freedom of speech as well as freedom of thought.

Make noise. Kick these fuckers in the nuts.


P. S. Actually the mystery novel is not cheap, it’s Dashiel Hammett’s classic “The Big Knockover” – in case you were wondering.

Declaration Of Independence Of Cyberspace

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

It seems apropos of current events to re-post this remarkable piece of writing, originally composed back in 1996 by John Perry Barlow.

The Declaration Of Independence Of Cyberspace, crafted as a response to America’s Telecommunications Act of 1996, still resonates very strongly today as we see corrupt governments and grasping corporate authority from all around the world attempt to assume ownership and control of cyberspace. As various laws are passed at the behest and urging of dying media monopolies, designed to shape and constrain the flow of information throughout the internet, depriving citizens in the real world of their basic rights and freedoms, we also see an increasing outrage and awareness on the part of the citizens who inhabit both the real world and cyberspace.

If you are reading these words you are a citizen of cyberspace.

Keep reading.

Three strikes laws that would give corporations the governance under law to decide who is allowed to have access, punitive lawsuits to enforce proscribed consumer behaviour, control of information access through filters and firewalls, disabling entire systems to prevent free speech and informed discourse, unwarranted and unlimited spying on all communications – all these affronts to the democratic rule of law are happening right now and they affect you directly.

There are numerous groups and individuals working on your behalf and you should certainly support their efforts but it also helps when you yourself know what the hell is going on and why these issues are so important.

Read this declaration with a mind to our current events. Maybe even print out a copy and stick it on your wall. Slap your favourite passage on a t-shirt. Share it with friends. Help in whatever way you can to ensure the continued evolution of Cyberspace, the new home of Mind.

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

by John Perry Barlow

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.

You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our marketplaces. You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.

You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this claim as an excuse to invade our precincts. Many of these problems don’t exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are wrongs, we will identify them and address them by our means. We are forming our own Social Contract . This governance will arise according to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different.

Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought itself, arrayed like a standing wave in the web of our communications. Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not where bodies live.

We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth.

We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.

Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here.

Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge . Our identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose.

In the United States, you have today created a law, the Telecommunications Reform Act, which repudiates your own Constitution and insults the dreams of Jefferson, Washington, Mill, Madison, DeToqueville, and Brandeis. These dreams must now be born anew in us.

You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments and expressions of humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are parts of a seamless whole, the global conversation of bits. We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.

In China, Germany, France, Russia, Singapore, Italy and the United States, you are trying to ward off the virus of liberty by erecting guard posts at the frontiers of Cyberspace. These may keep out the contagion for a small time, but they will not work in a world that will soon be blanketed in bit-bearing media.

Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires your factories to accomplish.

These increasingly hostile and colonial measures place us in the same position as those previous lovers of freedom and self-determination who had to reject the authorities of distant, uninformed powers. We must declare our virtual selves immune to your sovereignty, even as we continue to consent to your rule over our bodies. We will spread ourselves across the Planet so that no one can arrest our thoughts.

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.

Davos, Switzerland

February 8, 1996

It’s a beautifully written document, isn’t it?