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The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World

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In The future of ideas, Lawrence Lessig explains how the Internet revolution has produced a counterrevolution of potentially devastating power and effect. Creativity once flourished because the Net protected a commons on which innovators could experiment. But now, manipulating the law for their own purposes, corporations have established themselves as virtual gatekeepers of the Net while Congress, in the pockets of media magnates, has rewritten copyright and patent laws to stifle creativity and progress. Lessig weaves the history of technology and its relevant laws to make a lucid and accessible case to protect the sanctity of intellectual freedom. He shows how the door to a future of ideas is being shut just as technology is creating extraordinary possibilities that have implications for all of us.

Synopsis:

Explores the meaning of intellectual property in the new high-tech digital age, addressing the legal, social, and economic factors at work and provides a thought-provoking argument that those qualities that have made the Internet a dynamic force for creativity, freedom, and innovation could destroy the Intenet's potential. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

About the Author

Lawrence Lessig is a professor of law at the Stanford Law School. Previously Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School from 1997 to 2000 and professor at the University of Chicago Law School from 1991 to 1997, he is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Yale Law School. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. He is a monthly columnist for The Industry Standard, a board member of the Red Hat Center for Open Source, and the author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.

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Table of Contents

1. "Free" — 2. Building blocks : "commons" and "layers" — 3. Commons on the wires — 4. Commons among the wired — 5. Commons, wire-less — 6. Commons lessons — 7. Creativity in real space ; creativity in the dark ages — 8. Innovation form the Internet ; new products form the net — 9. Old vs. new — 10. Controlling the wires (and hence the code layer) — 11. Controlling the wired (and hence the content layer) ; increasing control — 12. Controlling wire-less (and hence the physical layer — 13. What's happening here? — 14. Alt. commons ; the physical layer ; the code layer ; the content layer — 15. What Orrin understands.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033317
Subtitle:
The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Creator:
Lawrence Lessig
Author:
Lessig, Lawrence
Author:
Lawrence Lessig
Subject:
Law : Intellectual Property - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Intellectual Property
Subject:
Information society
Subject:
Copyright and electronic data processing.
Subject:
Internet
Subject:
Intellectual Property - General
Subject:
Communications
Subject:
Computers Reference-History and Society
Subject:
History of Science-Technology
Subject:
Law : General
Subject:
Law-Intellectual Property - General
Subject:
Science Reference-Patents and Inventions
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20021022
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
352

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Internet » Information
History and Social Science » Law » Computer and Internet
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Law » Intellectual Property » Copyright
History and Social Science » Law » Intellectual Property » General
Reference » Science Reference » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology

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"Synopsis" by , Explores the meaning of intellectual property in the new high-tech digital age, addressing the legal, social, and economic factors at work and provides a thought-provoking argument that those qualities that have made the Internet a dynamic force for creativity, freedom, and innovation could destroy the Intenet's potential. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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