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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.

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Lawrence Lessig is a lawyer, an activist and one of the founders of Creative Commons.



Three anecdotes outline the case for opening “user-generated content up for business”:

  1. In 1906, composer John Philip Sousa warned of the dangers of the phonograph. He lamented that people would no longer come together to sing and that recorded music would oust creativity. As a result, he cautioned, evolution would eliminate humans’ vocal chords. Sousa’s admonition presaged the 20th century’s shift from a “read-write culture,” where people actively create and re-create culture, to a “read-only culture,” where a few create for the passive consumption of many.
  2. Until 1945,

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