I just found something I thought was pretty cool!

On March 25, 2004, Lawrence Lessig released his book Free Culture with a Creative Commons license that allowed people to access the digital PDF version on the Internet for free. The license also allowed people to legally make derivatives of the work (Free Culture, 2004). The next day the Reverend A.K.M. Adam made a blog post inviting others to join him in creating a free audio version of Free Culture (Adam, 2004). Within two days, “most of the book was available as MP3 downloads” (IT Conversations, 2004).

In a world in which copyright often restricts people’s ability to create derivatives, how is it possible that 72 hours after a book was released that a free audio version was been made available? In the case of Free Culture, it was a combination of legal permission, Internet technology and willing remixers that allowed the audio version to be created.

I believe that increasing access to information is extremely important, and it’s easy to see how the transformation from PDF to MP3 could easily increase access to the work. And it didn’t cost Lessig or his publishers a dime…