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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?
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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: Copyright law has got to give up its
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.

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Every generation welcomes the pirates from the last.

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

— Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig Quotes: If the law imposed the death penalty for
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.

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Freedom is about stopping the past.

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Overregulation stifles creativity. It smothers innovation. It gives dinosaurs a veto over the future. It wastes the extraordinary opportunity for a democratic creativity that digital technology enables.

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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: Politics is that rare sport where the
Politics is that rare sport where the amateur contest is actually more interesting than the professional.

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But, like all metaphoric wars, the copyright wars are not actual conflicts of survival. Or at least, they are not conflicts for survival of a people or a society, even if they are wars of survival for certain businesses or, more accurately, business models. Thus we must keep i mind the other values or objectives that might also be affected by this war. We must make sure this war doesn't cost more than it is worth. We must be sure it is winnable, or winnable at a price we're willing to pay.

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

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Overregulation corrupts citizens and weakens the rule of law.

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But as well as copy-shop piracy, there is another kind of "taking" that is more directly related to the Internet. That taking, too, seems wrong to many, and it is wrong much of the time. Before we paint this taking "piracy," however, we should understand its nature a bit more. For the harm of this taking is significantly more ambiguous than outright copying, and the law should account for that ambiguity, as it has so often done in the past.

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The obvious point of Conrad's cartoon is the weirdness of a world where guns are legal, despite the harm they can do, while VCRs (and circumvention technologies) are illegal. Flash: No one ever died from copyright circumvention. Yet the law bans circumvention technologies absolutely, despite the potential that they might do some good, but permits guns, despite the obvious and tragic harm they do.

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Monopoly controls have been the exception in free societies; they have been the rule in closed societies.

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A free culture has been our past, but it will only be our future if we change the path we are on right now.

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A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom.

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Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property.

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A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid.

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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.

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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 exploited, and no longer available as a result.

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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: Copyrights have not expired and will not
Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire, so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again.

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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.

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If you are explaining, you're losing. It's a bumper sticker culture. People have to get it like that, and if they don't, if it takes three seconds to make them understand, you're off their radar screen. Three seconds to understand, or you lose. This is our problem.

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We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, God, what a nut.

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I think the reality is that copyright law has for a very long time been a tiny little part of American jurisprudence, far removed from traditional First Amendment jurisprudence, and that made sense before the Internet. Now there is an unavoidable link between First Amendment interests and the scope of copyright law. The legal system is recognizing for the first time the extraordinary expanse of copyright regulation and its regulation of ordinary free-speech activities.

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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.

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It's fine to talk about politics with people you agree with. But it is rude to argue about politics with people you disagree with. Political discourse becomes isolated, and isolated discourse becomes more extreme.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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You and I both know that as long as our representatives are held hostage to their funders - and their funders are not all of us - our system will not work

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One great feature of modern society is the institutionalized respect we give to processes designed to destroy the past.

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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.

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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: While control is needed and perfectly
While control is needed, and perfectly warranted, our bias should be clear up front: Monopolies are not justified by theory; they should be permitted only when justified by facts. If there is no solid basis for extending a certain monopoly protection, then we should not extend that protection.

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Law and technology produce, together, a kind of regulation of creativity we've not seen before.

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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.

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I am big supporter of the idea of a global anti-corruption movement - but one that begins by recognizing that the architecture of corruption is different in different countries. The corruption we suffer is not the same as the corruption that debilitates Africa. But it is both corruption, and both need to be eliminated if the faith in democracy is not going to be destroyed.

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I'm pushing for citizen equality not because of some moral idea, but because this is the essential way to crack the corruption that now makes it so Washington can't work.

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Creativity and innovation always builds on the past. The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it. Free societies enable the future by limiting this power of the past. Ours is less and less a free society.

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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: Money corrupts the process of reasoning
Money corrupts the process of reasoning.

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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: Writing is the latin of our times the
Writing is the Latin of our times. The modern language of the people is video and sound.

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We live in a world with "free" content, and this freedom is not an imperfection. We listen to the radio without paying for the songs we hear; we hear friends humming tunes that they have not licensed. We tell jokes that reference movie plots without the permission of the directors. We read our children books, borrowed from a library, without paying the original copyright holder for the performance rights.

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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.

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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.

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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: If there were two candidates a democrat
If there were two candidates, a Democrat and a Republican, who each committed to the same kind of fundamental reform, then the election would be an election between the vice presidential candidates. It'd be just like the regular election, except it would be one step down.

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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: When you think about a presidential
When you think about a presidential candidate spending all of his or her time talking to that tiny, tiny fraction of us who have the capacity to fund political elections, it's obvious why the perspective of government is skewed relative to what most Americans care about.

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One theme of what I've been writing has been to get people to understand that "apolitical" means "you lose." It doesn't mean you live a utopian life free of politicians' influence. The destruction of the public domain is the clearest example, but it will only be the first.

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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.

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