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Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy Paperback – September 29, 2009
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(My only criticism would be this book is very US-centric, but that's Lessig's prerogative; others needs to extend these arguments beyond national boundaries.)
This is a passionately written book, but it takes some engagement with the issue to really enjoy it. Starting with another of Lessig's books, The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World, might help a reader get into the subject, but once he or she realizes the consequences of culture's legal stance on this issue, Lessig's perspective becomes invaluable to have around. That book more sets out the conditions created by sharing economies, where Remix looks for how art and business can survive under these conditions.
Lessig's lessons on how businesses can thrive or fail as hybrids may help content-producers get a grip as the financial industry melts down.
The main point, as I said, is about the world and culture we create for our children. Do we want a world where they have free "speech" in hundreds of digital "languages", or one where their natural abilities are locked down? Lessig offers advice on how to change law and ourselves to create a culture where our children's expression is cherished (for the sake of their education and their community-building). He wants to start a conversation about how business can thrive among sharing economies as well. This book will be a key perspective in that conversation.
In Remix, Lawrence Lessig says 'enough' to this situation, arguing for a hybrid approach that differentiates private and commercial use. His book is an important and urgent work of radical moderation. It seeks to get both sides to stand down and respect one another, using arguments couched in terms of each party's values. Lessig wants to persuade traditional publishers -- the purveyors of 'read-only' culture -- that they should not fear their own fans. Publishers stand to make more money by embracing those who make new works from old standards than they do by criminalizing them. More subtly, Lessig argues that a strict divide between the world of sharing and the world of commerce is counterproductive. He wants to refocus attention away from the stalemated copyright wars and towards a more vibrant 'read-write culture' that remixes rather than replaces what came before. The future lies with hybrid enterprises that wisely blend the mercenary 'me' and the charitable 'thee'.
Lessig points out that the act of writing is near-universal. We teach our children how to write at an early age, and the tools to do so have long been accessible.Read more ›
Code 1.0 and Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0 present the basis of arguments for an informed discussion about the law and its application to our lives as technology, too, enters our lives. They barely argue, but the facts themselves are wonderful agents for provoking arguments, especially amongst the many competing beliefs we may have about what is right, what is just, what is practical, and what is legal.
Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity and The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World are arguments. They are compelling arguments, passionate and brilliant, but they are merely arguments.
What is completely new about Remix is that it finally and fully embraces the human context that was always present in Lessig's writing, but always subordinated to facts and arguments. In Remix it becomes clear that we can no longer dismiss his writings as "of the elite for the elite by the elite".Read more ›
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The author is brilliant. He should run for president or something.Published 6 months ago by J. Matute
Lessig's reasoning is so clear it comes across as obvious. Yet it seems almost a shame that such a book even needs to be written, yet the struggles for power and the bastardization... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. Richard K. Weems
Lawrence Lessig is a true prophet of communication. Not only is he an excellent historian, but his commentary of present innovation in communication leads to prescient insight. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Edward Michet Scanlan
I love how transparent ideas to creation is,and several cases in how it was all kept that way.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like the accessibility of the information about intellectual property presented here. It's an interesting and educational read. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by NSLacy
Lawrence writes a compelling argument as to why our current legal system surrounding electronic data, file sharing, and information written copyright is in need of serious reform. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Avolyn
The only weakness in this book is that it wasn't written yesterday. Its arguments are really strong. The specific examples are very interesting. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Michael Jacobs
Lessig is to law and technology what Stephen Hawking is to physics. There's a reason Remix is on airplanes, coffee tables and nightstands around the country, and it's not just... Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by A. Schultz
If you liked Free Culture but you want to see how it works in practice this is the book for you. If you think Free Culture was a bunch of hippie-dippy commie talk this is also a... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Sebastian