I agree with Tim that “If you don’t want a repeat of the PC era, place your bets now on open systems. Don’t wait till it’s too late.” I think he’d also agree that we need to think beyond code and copyright. That’s like going to war with trucks but no tanks. For the open, distributed, heterogeneous web to thrive, we need to incorporate thinking from a host of other fields, such as contract law, design, psychology, consumer behavior, brand marketing, and more. Figuring out how to engage thinkers and leaders in those fields is likely one of the critical, still missing steps.
I can’t resist pointing to this nice follow-up to the Tim O’Reilly post I talked about earlier this evening. I suggest following the link to David Ascher’s post to read all of it.