Copyright Wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law Professor and author of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, argues that copyright laws are criminalizing artists and youth and are strangling creativity. He also discusses his effort to use the net roots community to change Congress.


Lawrence Lessig

Comments [12]

GusW from Rockland County

I love and have been following the Creative Commons idea but I don't fully agree with LL's thoughts on representative democracy.

We have such an opportunity to get involved in governing *if we want to* that we could indeed have millions weigh in on issues as referendums or up or down votes. It's true many of us don't have the capacity for policy details, but they can opt out. There are other considerations, like Limbaugh's chaos operations, but imagine the upside - if we'd have been able to text "OUT OF IRAQ" years ago to democratically signal majority sentiment, how many lives and billion$ could have been spared.

Nov. 18 2008 11:58 AM
Harry Burger from Long Island

Regarding the post of Chief Technical Officer - just being an ubergeek does not qualify someone for a policy position. I'm an engineer myself and I have dealt with MANY others in my time - most of us are highly qualified technically, but only understand what they are doing in a physical context. Understanding how technology affects people and how people influence technology is a field called Science and Technology Studies (my second major in college).

I've often thought of trying to become a technical adviser to politicians of some sort, it's just been something that until now there hasn't been much interest in on the part of the officials.

I'd like to nominate my old professor Langdon Winner from RPI for the Secretary of Technology post.

Nov. 18 2008 11:41 AM
Eric from NYC

Whoops, thought one of those posts didn't go through. Sorry for the double posting.

Nov. 18 2008 11:27 AM
Jim from New York

Why should we change our laws to allow another country to undermine yet another segment of our economy? Major movies can not be released in China without DVDs being on the street in New York within weeks. These people are thieves!

Creative free use is already tolerated. This is not parody or sampling.

If an inner city kid walked into a store and took a CD he would be arrested. But a suburban kid steals it off the Internet -- this is not a crime?

Nov. 18 2008 11:26 AM
Tony from San Jose, CA

But doesn't all this money act like a poll tax, which is prohibited?

Nov. 18 2008 11:25 AM
Jay F.

Term limits, term limits, term limits...

Nov. 18 2008 11:25 AM
Eric from NYC

Why is it creatively and popularly acceptable to resample music and photos but not text? The former is considered creativity but the latter is plagiarism.

Is there a fundamental difference between these media that require different management with copyright?

Nov. 18 2008 11:24 AM
Eric from NYC

How is resampling and remixing music different, ethically, from resampling written text? The former is considered creativity, but the latter is plagiarism.

Is there an inherent difference between these two mediums that makes it popularly acceptable to remix music or edit photos but there still is not an acceptance of resampling text?

Nov. 18 2008 11:22 AM
Nick from Manhattan

Can you ask Lessig to comment on the idea (and Supreme Court rulings) that money is equivalent to free speech, and how that relates to his objectives?

Thanks! /Nick

Nov. 18 2008 11:21 AM
Eric from B'klyn

I think this is a fantastic idea... I wrote to the Gore people suggesting that they look at what Team Obama did to see how they could use the web to support climate action.

Nov. 18 2008 11:17 AM
Nick from Manhattan

I agree with his focus on these issues.

Journalism alert: can you ask Lessig about his opinion on Obama's stand on public financing?

Thanks, /Nick

Nov. 18 2008 11:14 AM
Kate from NYC

I totally agree with this guy! Campaign finance reform is the most important political issue, since it affects all other issues.

Nov. 18 2008 11:09 AM

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