Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

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Penguin, Mar 30, 2004 - Social Science - 368 pages
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Lawrence Lessig, “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era” (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and can’t do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our freedom to imagine.
 

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Excellent book about the copyright laws and the negative effects it has on the modern day cultural developments. The author's writing style makes it a pleasure to read. An eye opener! Read full review

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Extremely interesting book about the changing nature of copyright in the digital age and how a focus on protecting intellectual property is putting a lid on the development of culture. He makes the ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
PIRACY
Creators
Mere Copyists
Catalogs
Pirates
Piracy
Chimera
Harms
BALANCES
Eldred
Eldred II
CONCLUSION
AFTERWORD
US NOW

PROPERTY
Founders
Recorders
Transformers
Collectors
Property
PUZZLES
THEM SOON
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Stanford Law School and the founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. The author of The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, he is the chair of the Creative Commons project. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School, he has clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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