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The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected Worldby Lawrence Lessig
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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.
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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.
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