In Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, his knowledge on the topics of copyright, money making and jobs are all summarized in chapter 0.

The “Detente” explains the history of copyright and it’s wars from five hundred years ago, between the religious centres of Canterbury and Rome, and the 1930s, between ASCAP and radio stations. Doctorow states that, “It’s been more than five years since the copyright wats began, and they show no signs of abating”. He explains that as an artist, the only thing that you want to do is to create and get paid for it, not get mixed up with copyright which will frustrate your life.

The next title “What Makes Money?”, explains that the artists of tomorrow need to rely on the internet in order to earn money and that we cannot depend on, “the one that Hollywood is betting on”. Doctorow says that as entrepreneurs, we cannot:

  • complain about piracy
  • call our customers thieves
  • treat our customers like thieves

Thus, artists must rely on the internet in order to make money in the new world.

Finally, Cory Doctorow summarizes the last title with three important things on how to have a career in the arts, you need:

  1. Persistence
  2. Talent
  3. Know how the internet works

The persistence in sticking with a job in the arts, the talent in your field and having the online world in your hands’ will steer you to a good career.

In conclusion, the author perfectly sets out chapter 0 with three important titles that relate to each other and all have the same conclusion, know how to use the internet and it can help you in many ways.

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