Remix by Lawrence Lessig
Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

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The reigning authority on intellectual property in the Internet age, Lawrence Lessig spotlights the newest and possibly the most harmful culture war?a war waged against those who create and consume art. America?s copyright laws have ceased to perform their original, beneficial role: protecting artists? creations while allowing them to build on previous creative works. In fact, our system now criminalizes those very actions. Remix is an urgent, eloquent plea to end a war that harms every intrepid, creative user of new technologies. It also offers an inspiring vision of the postwar world where enormous opportunities await those who view art as a resource to be shared openly rather than a commodity to be hoarded.


 

About Lawrence Lessig

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Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school's Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MapLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.
 
Published September 18, 2008 by Penguin Books. 364 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Alternatively, he promotes a new type of license, available free from a group he helped found called Creative Commons, which helps artists easily give away or sell their work, especially digitally, with “some rights reserved.” Finally he shows how Web practice has vastly outpaced the legal code, ...

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After a thorough exploration, in the first half of the book, of the differences between read-only and read-write cultures, and of how these cultures might support and extend rather than threatening one another, Lessig turns his attention in the second half of the book to the conflicts between the...

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PopMatters

The DVD for Brett Gaylor’s documentary/essay on copyright and culture, RiP!

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PopMatters

As Lessig writes, “What happens when writing with film (or music, or images, or every other form of ‘professional speech’ from the 20th Century) becomes as democratic as writing with text?” We can even use this review as an example.

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Military.com

It is no longer only fighting people who share music online, but also cracking down on fans who remix bits of music in personal videos posted to YouTube or combined in mixtapes or video mixes.

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Mother Jones

Stanford law professor and noted digital culture expert Lawrence Lessig warns that "if the laws regulating culture are perceived to be morally unjust, that erodes the conditions within a culture for supporting the law more generally."

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He entered the Navy with “a schoolboy mentality” about the military: “I was your typical young, ardent performer.” The four visits he made to ground zero during his service in the Korean War left an indelible imprint on his views, leading eventually to his transformation from military man to acti...

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And police departments are bolstered by an internal surveillance and security apparatus that has eradicated privacy and dwarfed the intrusion into personal lives by police states of the past, including East Germany.

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Why should we allow “straw purchasers” of guns to flout the purpose of gun laws?

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United States—argued Wednesday on the validity of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—which is that the justices will hand down narrow and sharply divided opinions that will advance the cause of marriage equality but fail to articulate a clear nationwide constitutional right to same-sex ma...

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Remixes are becoming an ever-growing part of contemporary culture, consequently posing an interesting dilemma for cases of copyright infringement.

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