Pournelle v. Doctorow

I have been a big fan of “This Week in Tech(This Week in Tech)”:http://www.twit.tv/ since the very beginning. Having never had the opportunity of seeing Tech TV back in the heyday, I have enjoyed it immensely. “This week’s episode(TWiT 64: Chaos Theory)”:http://www.twit.tv/64 was interesting for another reason: for the first time ever, I had met three of the partcipants, Chris Pirillo, Doug Kaye, and Jerry Pournelle. At one point, Leo Laporte suggested having Jerry and Cory Doctorow on as guests to dicuss their differing views on Copyright. The odd thing, even though I have never written about it, I once witnessed that very debate. Jerry and Cory were both guests at the first (and unfortunately last) “Dreamcon(Off to Dreamcon)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2004/06/11/dreamcon. And during one of Cory’s presentations, Jerry came in and sat on the front row. Unfortunately, though, Jerry came was arguing a whole lot of points that were largely based on the past. One I specifically remeber was the idea of increasing demand for a work by deliberately allowing it to go out of print. Cory didn’t really argue the point but it was rather obvious to me that in the days of Amazon and WorldCat there just isn’t such thing as the unobtainable book (at least for an author as widely published as Jerry). You can always find some place to get a copy somewhere. Jerry didn’t seem too thrilled by the idea when Leo brought it up. But personally, I would love to have a chance to see what would be a rematch for me.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.