Monday, August 17, 2009

Woodstock and Open Source

It's a free concert from now on. That doesn't mean that anything goes

So, during the three days of celebration of Woodstock's 40th anniversary, I was thinking back to album (since I was too young to have actually gone of course!).

On the LP (that's a long player) for you MP3 crowd, and on the LP version - not, BTW on the multi-disc 25th anniversary version - you get various stage announcements, including the following from John Morris - Production Coordinator:

It's a free concert from now on. That doesn't mean that anything goes, what that means is we're going to put the music up here for free. Now, let's face the situation. We've had thousands and thousands of people come here today. Many, many more than we knew or even dreamt or thought would be possible. We're going to need each other to help each other to work this out because we're taxing the systems that we have set up.
We're going to be bringing the food in. But, the one major thing you have to remember tonight, when you go back up to the woods to go to sleep or if you stay here, is that the man next to you is your brother. And you damn well better treat each other that way because if you don't, then we blow the whole thing, but we've got it, right there. [thanks to NPR for the transcript from their recent interview with Morris]

"It's a free concert from now on. That doesn't mean that anything goes". Isn't that sorta the mantra of open source ("Free as in open, not free as in free beer"?).

So, anyway, that's my Woodstock thought!

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