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Lawrence Lessig Quotes

Why should it be that just when technology is
most encouraging of creativity, the law should be most restrictive?
— Lawrence Lessig —

Copyright law has got to give up its obsession with 'the copy.' The law should not regulate 'copies' or 'modern reproductions' on their own. It should instead regulate uses
like public distributions of copies of copyrighted work
that connect directly to the economic incentive copyright law was intended to foster.

— Lawrence Lessig

Why should it be that just when technology is
most encouraging of creativity, the law should be most restrictive?

— Lawrence Lessig

If the law imposed the death penalty for parking tickets, we'd not only have fewer parking tickets, we'd also have much
less driving.

— Lawrence Lessig

Freedom is about stopping the past.

— Lawrence Lessig

Politics is that rare sport where the amateur contest is actually more interesting than the professional.

— Lawrence Lessig

Technology means you can now do amazing things easily; but you couldn't easily do them legally.

— Lawrence Lessig

Overregulation corrupts citizens and weakens the rule of law.

— Lawrence Lessig

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.

— Lawrence Lessig

The war against illegal file-sharing is like the church's age-old war against masturbation. It's a war you just can't win.

— Lawrence Lessig

I don't care if the Koch brothers or Soros spend their money to promote one candidate or another. I care about members of Congress spending 30%-70% of their time raising money from .05% of us. Change the way we fund elections and you change the corruption.

— Lawrence Lessig

All of the great Disney works took works that were in the public domain and remixed them.

— Lawrence Lessig

I'm focused on solving the problem that would make it plausible for gov't to get back to solving real problems.

— Lawrence Lessig

The legal system doesn't work. Or more accurately, it doesn't work for anyone except those with the most resources. Not because the system is corrupt. I don't think our legal system (at the federal level, at least) is at all corrupt. I mean simply because the costs of our legal system are so astonishingly high that justice can practically never be done.

— Lawrence Lessig

We always build on the past; the past always tries to stop us.

— Lawrence Lessig

I advocate for protecting the liberty of the net, and securing privacy. I argue against people who believe both are somehow given automatically. They're not.

— Lawrence Lessig

I am a big supporter of experiments to complement representative gov't with randomly selected representative bodies of citizens, sure. I think most Americans would be surprised to learn just how much better we are at gov't than our gov't.

— Lawrence Lessig

I think if the copyright regime focuses on the people we are supposed to be helping, the artists and creators, and builds a system that gives them the freedom to choose and to protect and to be rewarded for their creativity, then we will have the right focus.

— Lawrence Lessig

There is a regulation of behavior on the Internet and in cyberspace, but that regulation is imposed primarily through code. The differences in the regulations effected through code distinguish different parts of the Internet and cyberspace. In some places, life is fairly free; in other places, it is more controlled. And the difference between these spaces is simply a difference in the architectures of control
that is, a difference in code.

— Lawrence Lessig

There are very few people in our society who are actually free to say what they believe. I am in an extremely fortunate position in having this enormous gift of freedom and believe I should try to use it to do something useful for society. As long as I feel as if I have something to say, I'll continue to try to do that.

— Lawrence Lessig

Permission from the government is an expensive commodity. New ideas rarely have this kind of support. Old ideas often have deep legislative connections to defend them against the new.

— Lawrence Lessig

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