books on the radio

Punch the Boss Launch = Final Show at the Legendary Cobalt!

Come celebrate the launch of Chris Walter’s new book, Punch the Boss, on the final night for the legendary Cobalt, Vancouver’s finest current punk venue.

September 26th featuring the Subhumans,  Alcoholic White Trash and Speckled Jim.  The Books on the Radio crew will be there!

If you don’t know where the Cobalt is… ask around.



DRM & eBooks: Cory Doctorow @ O’Reilly’s Tools of Change 2009

I have finally figured out how to embed video from!  I am extremely happy to post this excellent video of Cory Doctorow speaking at the O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference in February 2009. The title of Cory’s talk is TOC09 Digital Distribution and the Whip Hand: Don’t Get iTunesed with Your eBooks.

This video saw the first appearance of something called Doctorow’s Law, which states: “Any time someone puts a lock on something you own, against your wishes, and doesn’t give you the key, it’s not being done to your benefit.”

Negativland, Copyright and Creative Commons

Mark Hosler speaks about writing the sampling license for Creative Commons and his views on Copyright and creative culture.  Mr Hosler believes that our current copyright laws are irreparably broken if not completely misguided or totally unnecessary.  Read the Negativland essay Two Relationships to a Cultural Public Domain.