From Stanford law professor Lessig (Code; The Future of Ideas) comes this expertly argued, alarming and surprisingly entertaining look at the current copyright wars. Copyright law in the digital age has become a hot topic, thanks to millions of music downloaders and the controversial, high-profile legal efforts of the music industry to stop them. Here Lessig argues that copyright as designed by the Framers has become dangerously unbalanced, favoring the interests of corporate giants over the interests of citizens and would-be innovators. In clear, well-paced prose, Lessig illustrates how corporations attempt to stifle innovations, from FM radio and the instant camera to peer-to-peer technology. He debunks the myth that draconian new copyright enforcement is needed to combat the entertainment industry's expanded definition of piracy, and chillingly assesses the direct and collateral damage of the copyright war. Information technology student Jesse Jordan, for example, was forced to hand over his life savings to settle a lawsuit brought by the music industryfor merely fixing a glitch in an Internet search engine. Lessig also offers a very personal look into his failed Supreme Court bid to overturn the Copyright Term Extension Act, a law that added 20 years to copyright protections largely to protect Mickey Mouse from the public domain. In addition to offering a brilliant argument, Lessig also suggests a few solutions, including the Creative Commons licensing venture (an online licensing venture that streamlines the rights process for creators), as well as legislative solutions. This is an important book. "Free Cultures are cultures that leave a great deal open for others to build upon," he writes. "Ours was a free culture. It is becoming less so."
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Lessig looks at the disturbing legal and commercial trends that threaten to curb the incredible creative potential of the Internet. All innovations are derived from a certain amount of "piracy" of preceding innovations, Lessig argues, and he presents a catalog of technological breakthroughs in film, music, and television as illustrations. Drawing on distinctions between piracy that benefits a single user and harms the owner and piracy that is useful in advancing new content or new ways of doing business, Lessig strongly argues for a balance between the interests of the owner and broader society so that we can continue a "free culture" that encourages innovation rather than a "permission culture" that does not. He reviews an array of legal actions, including the restrictions on peer-to-peer sharing made famous by Napster, and the threat they represent to the kind of openness the law has traditionally allowed and from which the marketplace has benefited. This is a highly accessible and enlightening look at the intersection of commerce, the law, and cyberspace. Vanessa Bush
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This book provides an expansive overview of the history of copyright while touching on the important implications of copyright for society. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Renee
A very scary view of our society and legal system.
Unfortunately, it's true, and remains unchaged to this day. Read more
This is one of those books that's required for a college course that you keep and then recommend to your parents. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by J
Not a bad idea, but its hard to like it too much when it feels like an alarmist conspiracy theory. Some of the examples used were a little fuzzy. Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by Mary Finochiaro
This book is great eye opener to today's world of copyright law. Lessig shows how perpetual copyrights and corporate lawyers are destroying the future of culture. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Robert
I needed this book for my Mass Media Law class. The school bookstore could not obtain enough copies for every student and I was one of them. Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by VH1
The premise of this book is that copyright needs to be overhauled and reduced for the benefit of culture. Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by Benlee Paul