I recently had a chance to hook up with Cory Doctorow again via skype for a quick 37 minute interview about all kinds of interesting things.
In this wide-ranging talk we cover quite a lot of ground.
What I love about this project is that Cory is leading from the front.
He’s seen the opportunity to put some real numbers behind a POD project, has laid his process bare and is experimenting with a number of price points for fans and consumers.
Anyone interested in self-publishing or Print on Demand needs to know more about this project.
From there we discuss his new book, specifically the idea of ‘gold farming’, which, very generally, is the act of gamers in 3rd world countries working their way thru complex gaming levels and amassing treasure, loot or gold which they then sell to 3rd parties who then sell it on to others.
Sounds ridiculous, right? Sounds like something out of a science fiction story, right?
Except that it’s real. A weird new kind of colonialism, or a virtual sweatshop.
This leads us to discuss ‘Benevolent Dictators’, hackable devices, technical vs information challenges before moving on to discuss DRM, digital locks and possible consequences of the proposed new Canadian copyright legislation contained in Bill C32.
The conversation ends with Cory offering some advice to young creators – digital natives – who may be confused by the current discussions of ‘piracy’, DRM, windowing, POD.
Some very interesting insights on creative strategy, partnerships.
What do you think about the ideas that Cory expresses in this interview?