Summary of Laws That Choke Creativity

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Competition could provide much-needed balance in the digital copyright debate.


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In this lively talk, lawyer Lawrence Lessig tackles crucial questions about US copyright law’s influence on creative culture. His rich lecture is punctuated with colorful anecdotes that drive his arguments home. getAbstract recommends this lecture to people who reside on either side of the digital copyright debate.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why “read-write culture” lost ground to “read-only culture” in the 20th century;
  • Why read-write culture is experiencing a comeback; and
  • What challenges a new read-write culture presents to law, business and society.


Three anecdotes outline the case for opening “user-generated content up for business”: In 1906, composer John Philip Sousa warned of the dangers of the phonograph. He...
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Lawrence Lessig is a lawyer, an activist and one of the founders of Creative Commons.

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