Who’s afraid of the big bad Wolff?

Do what I say, not what I do:

I first gave the “information wants to be free” speech 12 years ago. And I actually gave it because Patrick Spain and I had started to talk. […] This was 12 years ago, and I gave this speech and everybody said no, no, no. You’re crazy, content is king and if you have it you’re blah, blah, blah.

Well, we all know that they were wrong, that I was right, or if not me then Patrick was right, and I was his instrument. Over that period of time we have seen the fall of the price of information become significantly more dramatic. It’s been astounding, which prompts the question: “Why are you still here?”


It used to be that if you were an information provider you had control. Now you have no control. Control has absolutely passed to the consumer.

—Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair media columnist, 2005-02-15


We recently became aware that some of our member’s material is being made available at http://www.cryptome.org/wolff1.html on your Internet service in violation of Federal copyright law, Title 17 of the United States Code. Specifically, Michael Wolff’s Information Industry Summit Keynote Address, which is owned by Michael Wolff is being distributed or offered for distribution without proper licenses and/or authorization from our member within Verio, Inc.’s pages. These works are copyrighted works owned by the member above. Federal copyright law provides substantial protection against the unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted works. Anyone who copies or distributes these works without authorization of the copyright owner may be subjected to the remedies provided under the copyright law.

—Michael Wolff’s DMCA takedown notice for reproducing the speech cited above, 2005-03-01

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