Cory Doctorow’s keynote from ToorCon 8

BoingBoing‘s Cory Doctorow gave one of the keynote addresses at ToorCon. The video is 50 minutes and covers all the internet hot buttons like DRM, net neutrality, MPAA, RIAA, EFF, etc. Watch the video above, at, or download the MP4.


  1. mahder bitch says:

    first post!
    omg i havent even read it but it looks really cool ^^

  2. Elliott says:

    Netscape video? wtf are they ripping every one off?

  3. Free hosting for my 170mb video at full resolution? I can’t say I have any problem with that.

  4. joelanders says:

    i’m pretty much obsessed with boingboing and cory doctorow.

    seeing them on hackaday freaking made my day.

    thank you.

  5. chr0n1c says:

    so like i dl’d the vid hoping to get rid of the stalling when i watched it streaming from the website cause it was giving me epileptic seizures, but for the life of me i can’t figure out which video codec it uses… i got the audio to play? maybe i smoked one too many doobies…

  6. Try playing it in Quicktime. It uses h.264.

  7. chr0n1c says:


  8. chr0n1c says:

    hmm… seems that video playing in quicktime uses 97% of my cpu juice when it is playing at half normal size! (1.24 ghz/1.5 gig of ram/xp enterprise/newest version of quicktime from apple) i would love to see this presentation, but! the quality looks amazing though. i think the only way i could watch it is to burn it to a dvd and play it in my standalone dvd player, short of buying a new coputer

  9. Frogz says:

    hey look, i got first post too!
    hehe, inline videos are nice(sofar only been 2 but hey, if you wanna see more than make ur own hacks!)
    hmm… should i rehash a old idea in my own spin or somthing that is borderline legal but cool as hell(smokebomb creation demonstration!!)

  10. chr0n1c says:

    ok, an update… i really really wanted to watch this video! SO, here is what i did. i booted up my trusty old hax0red xbox… then i proceded to load XBMC from the softmod menu… then i surfed through my workgroup shares and FINALLY PLAYED THE VIDEO! AWESOME! this is the perfect solution for this considering the topis of the presentation! not to mention i got to watch it on a 27″ tv in near/better than dvd quality. thanks for this vid!

  11. strider_mt2k says:

    What a great keynote!
    Not only is the subject matter of great interest, but the guy knows how to speak and get his points across very well. (cool watch)

    I’ve also been reading boingboing alot lately. It’s a gear place.

    I’m also becoming more and more concerned about topics like DRM and the other points Mr. Doctorow touched on.

    Thank you Hackaday!

  12. grayskies says:

    If you’re not reading boingboing every day, well…you should!

  13. brian says:

    I dunno guys; I’ve been reading boingboing for a while and i’ve seen a major change this last year. It used to be all whacky stuff, but lately its been political bullshit and drm. Thats it. I get tired of reading the same stuff everyday. I will say this though: If you’re reading boingboing, you need to be reading too.

    It’s not that i have a problem with the content on boingboing, i have a problem with it not being consistent. If i wanted to hear about DRM, i would go to more blogs that talk about that stuff. If i wanted to hear about how republicans are ruining the world, i would go to a liberal/democratic blog. Frequently, i just want to see some crazy stuff, like the image of Mary in the grilled cheese. THAT is what boinboing bills itself as – a directory of wonderful things. Not a directory of DRM and liberal rants. Free speech, yes. But please, organize it better.

  14. matthacker says:

    he has a piaretbay shirt on. nice

  15. Carl Lumma says:

    Way to cut off the end. WTF?

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  17. Hungreb says:

    Доброго времени суток!
    Решил поделится своей проблемой. Я ищу кондиционеры. Скоро лето, я живу на последнем этаже, на южной стороне дома. Летом такая погода, что спасает лишь ледяной душ несколько раз в день. Посоветуйте который кондиционер оптимально мало жрет энергии ? А то у меня и куллер стоит дома + 3 компа…За электричество огого выходит :( На спрашивал, однако они что-то невразумительное сказали, я ничего и не понял.
    В общем хочется узнать мнение народа! ) Жду!

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  19. Trollicus says:

    Wow total lockup of Firefox when I try to play the video.

    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100914 SUSE/3.6.10-30.2 Firefox/3.6.10

    Oddly it also locks up on windows 7. Must be Firefox 3.6.12 and flash?

  20. stib says:

    Guys, get a feed from the desk, or put yr mic up on the lectern. That sound is shite.

  21. Brett_cgb says:

    Is there an MP3 audio file available? If the video portion consists only of Cory standing at a podium, I don’t need to see the video – I know what he looks like.

  22. Gert says:

    He hits the nail on the head.
    EULA is feudalism.

    They should change the EULA to say that when you modify the product beyond it’s manufacturers intended use, you give up warranty.

    It’s the same as using a cellphone to hammer some nails. If it’s broken you shouldn’t get a new one for free.

    But when i buy the phone, every little piece is MINE and not some license granted to my by my dollars entering their pocket.

    When you buy food you don’t buy a license to consume it. It becomes your right.

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