Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Yes. It is hypocritical to say "don't copy" when everybody I know is a copyist. I'm certainly on the wrong side of copyright law at least once a day for things like pasting articles into emails. I've been an avid copyist all my life, if it wasn't for mix tapes, my entire adolescence would have been celibate! I can't do my job unless I have the source material around so I scan records and photocopy library books I can't take out. It's how we all learn to do stuff. That's how we are, we are descendents of molecules formed a million years ago because they figured out how to replicate themselves. We have a name for things that don't copy themselves: dead.

-- Cory Doctorow (