Nothing Left To Lose!

Makers_Cover-HarperCollinsUK

My good friend David recommended the book “makers” by Cory Doctorow as an inspirational science fiction read. The cover on the left is of the UK version. I bought a US copy from Amazon. Imagine my surprise now that I have finally finished reading the 400+ pages that it is available from the author for free!

He has his reasons. His concern is about the digitization of his works. More so on how certain people are wanting to profit from it are taking your and my rights away. He is doing it in the same spirit of Woody Guthrie:

"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."

These type of friendly human gestures move me deeply. We are over six billion strong and acts like these bring us all closer to helping one another to a better world. We may never attain utopia but we can attain freedom. We’ll know we have it when there’s nothing left to lose!