Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig

>> About Free Culture
>> Lawrence Lessig could be called a cultural environmentalist. One of
>> America's most original and influential public intellectuals, his focus
>> is the social dimension of creativity: how creative work builds on the
>> past and how society encourages or inhibits that building with laws and
>> technologies. In his two previous books, CODE
>> <>, Lessig concentrated on the
>> destruction of much of the original promise of the Internet. Now, in
>> FREE CULTURE, he widens his focus to consider the diminishment of the
>> larger public domain of ideas. In this powerful wake-up call he shows
>> how short-sighted interests blind to the long-term damage they're
>> inflicting are poisoning the ecosystem that fosters innovation.
>> All creative works---books, movies, records, software, and so on---are a
>> compromise between what can be imagined and what is
>> possible---technologically and legally. For more than two hundred years,
>> laws in America have sought a balance between rewarding creativity and
>> allowing the borrowing from which new creativity springs. The original
>> term of copyright set by the First Congress in 1790 was 14 years,
>> renewable once. Now it is closer to two hundred. Thomas Jefferson
>> considered protecting the public against overly long monopolies on
>> creative works an essential government role. What did he know that we've
>> forgotten?
>> Lawrence Lessig shows us that while new technologies always lead to new
>> laws, never before have the big cultural monopolists used the fear
>> created by new technologies, specifically the Internet, to shrink the
>> public domain of ideas, even as the same corporations use the same
>> technologies to control more and more what we can and can't do with
>> culture. As more and more culture becomes digitized, more and more
>> becomes controllable, even as laws are being toughened at the behest of
>> the big media groups. What's at stake is our freedom---freedom to
>> create, freedom to build, and ultimately, freedom to imagine.
> ----
> LawrenceLessig is a leading voice in how computer code creates laws. He
> explains in 'Code and other laws of cyberspace' how those controlling
> computer code can influence society. Prof. Lessig is a leading member of
> the ElectronicFrontierFoundation and is a Stanford
> law professor. His latest book "Free Culture" has been released under a
> freely distributable license. The book can be purchased from bookshops
> or downloaded free of charge.
> - wiki-version:

== ... let us save what remains: ==
not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use
in consigning them to the waste of time,
but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the
reach of accident.
— Thomas Jefferson, February 18, 1791

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