Wednesday Afternoon at O'Reilly's P2P & Web Services Conference
by Derrick Story
Wednesday brought about the final day of sessions at the P2P conference.
During the afternoon break, O'Reilly authors camped out in the Promenade
ready to visit or sign books for attendees. The official schedule for the
day concluded with Larry Lessig's closing keynote, "Preserving the
Innovation Commons: What's Really at Stake." Lessig's talk was the fitting
conclusion to a day that had begun with Rep. Boucher's views about
establishing an Internet that was equally beneficial for content creators
and distributors alike.
Larry Lessig described in his keynote address how the
changes in law are affecting our ability to innovate.
Professor Lessig cited watermark legal history such as
the Sony Betamax case and the cable television battle to describe the
importance of the current conflicts between Hollywood distributors and
After his address, Larry Lessig fielded questions one on
one from members of the audience.
The oldest and the youngest participants at the
conference. The youngest, Aaron Swartz,
age 15, and the oldest, Yossi Vardi (he's not saying exactly how old), both
found plenty to talk about during their stay in Washington DC.
Robert Kaye of Bitzi Corp. said that the rescheduling of the
P2P conference almost messed up his hair styling plans. Fortunately he had
enough time to recreate his masterpiece cut..
What better place to shop for O'Reilly books than at an
Rael Dornfest and Nelson Minar visit during the author
Endeavors Technology's MagiP2P software enables people to
turn their networked and Internet-enabled devices into web servers.
A bunch of geeks talking tech. See if you can find Tim
O'Reilly in this picture. And bonus points if you can identify his brother,
Fred (hint: he's wearing a yellow shirt).