I found Cory Doctorow first through his Microsoft DRM Talk (youtube) (and in Text format), and his connection to EFF.org (Electronic Frontier Foundation). I have since read many of his articles on various subjects, and many of his Sci-Fi books which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Personally, I consider Cory to be a true visionary. At the very least, he has certainly given us many things to think about in our quest for a balance between copyright and civil liberties/freedoms/fair use – as well as some fun Science Fiction!
And he has definitely proven that locking down copyrighted works does not keep them safe, nor does it insure profitability.
Cory continues to give back to the community on many levels, while also selling his books and doing very well despite giving his books away and using the Creative Commons License and encouraging copying, remixing, etc!
Like all his books, Cory’s Overclocked page has a link to download them for free right on his website:
He has all of the stories available as free downloads as well as being sold, and here’s what he says about it all:
These files are under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license. Mix ‘em up. Send them to your friends. Get creative. Tell me about it. Make cool junk. Some weirdos actually get pissed off when their readers like their stuff enough to share it and improve it. Me, I’m over the moon when that happens.
Like Tim O’Reilly says, “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.
Or, more to the point, as Woody Guthrie said:
This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.
What a wonderful and refreshing thing to see in this day and age!
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.
His novels are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. His latest novel, New York Times Bestseller LITTLE BROTHER, was published in May 2008, and his latest short story collection is OVERCLOCKED: STORIES OF THE FUTURE PRESENT. In 2008, Tachyon Books published a collection of his essays, called CONTENT: SELECTED ESSAYS ON TECHNOLOGY, CREATIVITY, COPYRIGHT AND THE FUTURE OF THE FUTURE (with an introduction by John Perry Barlow) and IDW published a collection of comic books inspired by his short fiction called CORY DOCTOROW’S FUTURISTIC TALES OF THE HERE AND NOW. His next novel is MAKERS, due from Tor Books in October, 2009.
LITTLE BROTHER was nominated for the 2008 Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards. It won the Ontario Library White Pine Award, as well as the Indienet Award for bestselling young adult novel in America’s top 1000 independent bookstores in 2008.
He co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, sold to OpenText, Inc in 2003, and presently serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the MetaBrainz Foundation, Technorati, Inc, the Organization for Transformative Works, Areae, the Annenberg Center for the Study of Online Communities, and Onion Networks, Inc.
In 2007, Entertainment Weekly called him, “The William Gibson of his generation.” He was also named one of Forbes Magazine’s 2007/8 Web Celebrities, and one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders for 2007.
He is presently working on a new young adult novel, FOR THE WIN (about union organizing in video games).
On February 3, 2008, he became a father. The little girl is called Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow, and is a marvel that puts all the works of technology and artifice to shame.
Links to some of his books on Amazon:
And his new book coming out November 10, 2009:
Thanks Cory for all your books, articles and helping us keep things in perspective.