Creative Commies

Hilarious. The world’s richest man talks crap, and see how people take it: boing boing has all the links.

Look at what Bill said:

“No, I’d say that of the world’s economies, there’s more that believe in intellectual property today than ever. There are fewer communists in the world today than there were. There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don’t think that those incentives should exist.”

How can a man like this be so intellectually ignorant? Or is he just playing this?

Dan Gillmor nails him:

“The purity of this lie is remarkable. Even the most ardent of the free-software folks are not trying to remove the incentive to be creative. They believe in a different kind of incentive, just not the mercenary one that motivates Bill Gates.

The larger truth — a principle for which Gates so frequently demonstrates such contempt — is that the vast, vast majority of people who find fault with today’s system still want to reward creators for their work, financially and otherwise. But we also want a system that balances the rights of creators with the rights and needs of the larger society.”

It’s depressing to see Bill Gates lie like this. And it makes it harder for the rest of us to argue with the content industry.

Scott Loftesness sums it up perfectly:

“I used to listen carefully to the speeches Bill Gates gave. Felt it was important to stay up to date on what he was thinking. No more. His CES keynote is available online — who cares?”

(Although I’m not sure about whether he’s talking about the message or the medium, to be frank…)

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