Find the best quotes by Lawrence Lessig.
The real harm of term extension comes not from these famous works. The real harm is to the works that are not famous, not commercially…
So uncritically do we accept the idea of property in culture that we don’t even question when the control of that property removes our ability,…
Notwithstanding the fact that the most innovative and progressive space we’ve seen – the Internet – has been the place where intellectual property has been…
Now that copyrights can be just about a century long, the inability to know what is protected and what is not protected becomes a huge…
Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt.
Believing we know what makes prosperity work, ignoring the nature of the actual prosperity all around, we change the rules within which the Internet revolution…
Monopoly controls have been the exception in free societies; they have been the rule in closed societies.
Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire, so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again.
A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don’t get paid.
The danger in media concentration comes not from the concentration, but instead from the feudalism that this concentration, tied to the change in copyright, produces.
This does not mean that every copyright must prove its value initially. That would be a far too cumbersome system of control. But it does…
Remember the refrain: We always build on the past; the past always tries to stop us. Freedom is about stopping the past, but we have…
A free culture has been our past, but it will only be our future if we change the path we are on right now.
Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially…
A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an…
While the creative works from the 16th century can still be accessed and used by others, the data in some software programs from the 1990s…
A culture without property, or in which creators can’t get paid, is anarchy, not freedom.
If the Internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they’re free for people to…
Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property.
We have a massive system to regulate creativity. A massive system of lawyers regulating creativity as copyright law has expanded in unrecognizable forms, going from…
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