Lanier is not a big believer in free information/media/services of the internet. On one hand, he does have a point - people do need to be paid so that they can fulfill their basic needs for living. Also, it is not fair to have one's ideas stolen and to not be given credit. However, as a a poster on this blog noted, not everyone is after fame. Many people believe that putting their ideas out in the open will benefit others and help make a better, more creative world. As such, they view any licensing as restrictive of personal freedoms:
Questions to consider include:
Is it possible for people to support themselves as artists and/or creators by supplying their work for free on the internet?
Is this supplying merely a way to lure people into supporting the artist in a traditional way (such as buying their book or music)
Will software that restricts users to conforming to copyright be viewed as violating users' rights?