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Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity

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Lawrence Lessig could be called a cultural environmentalist. One of America's most original and influential public intellectuals, his focus is the social dimension of creativity: how creative work builds on the past and how society encourages or inhibits that building with laws and technologies. In his two previous books, Code and The Future of Ideas, Lessig concentrated on the destruction of much of the original promise of the Internet. Now, in Free Culture, he widens his focus to consider the diminishment of the larger public domain of ideas. In this powerful wake-up call he shows how short-sighted interests blind to the long-term damage they're inflicting are poisoning the ecosystem that fosters innovation.

All creative works — books, movies, records, software, and so on — are a compromise between what can be imagined and what is possible — technologically and legally. For more than two hundred years, laws in America have sought a balance between rewarding creativity and allowing the borrowing from which new creativity springs. The original term of copyright set by the Constitution in 1787 was seventeen years. Now it is closer to two hundred. Thomas Jefferson considered protecting the public against overly long monopolies on creative works an essential government role. What did he know that we've forgotten?

Lawrence Lessig shows us that while new technologies always lead to new laws, never before have the big cultural monopolists used the fear created by new technologies, specifically the Internet, to shrink the public domain of ideas, even as the same corporations use the same technologies to control more and more what we can and can't do with culture. As more and more culture becomes digitized, more and more becomes controllable, even as laws are being toughened at the behest of the big media groups. What's at stake is our freedom — freedom to create, freedom to build, and ultimately, freedom to imagine.

Review:

"[An] expertly argued, alarming and surprisingly entertaining look at the current copyright wars." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] highly accessible and enlightening look at the intersection of commerce, the law, and cyberspace." Booklist

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"Provocative, and sure to inspire argument among the myriad lawyers who, Lessig hints, are the only ones who benefit from the current mess." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

From "the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era" (The New Yorker) comes a landmark manifesto about the genuine closing of the American mind.

Synopsis:

Lawrence Lessig, andldquo;the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet eraandrdquo; (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and canandrsquo;t do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our freedom to imagine.

Synopsis:

Lawrence Lessig, “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era” (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and can’t do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our freedom to imagine.

About the Author

Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Stanford Law School and the founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. The author of The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, he is the chair of the Creative Commons project (www.creativecommons.org). A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School, he has clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

"PIRACY"

Chapter One: Creators

Chapter Two: "Mere Copyists"

Chapter Three: Catalogs

Chapter Four: "Pirates"

Film

Recorded Music

Radio

Cable TV

Chapter Five: "Piracy"

Piracy I

Piracy II

"PROPERTY"

Chapter Six: Founders

Chapter Seven: Recorders

Chapter Eight: Transformers

Chapter Nine: Collectors

Chapter Ten: "Property"

Why Hollywood Is Right

Beginnings

Law: Duration

Law: Scope

Law and Architecture: Reach

Architecture and Law: Force

Market: Concentration

Together

"PUZZLES"

Chapter Eleven: Chimera

Chapter Twelve: Harms

Constraining Creators

Constraining Innovators

Corrupting Citizens

"BALANCES"

Chapter Thirteen: Eldred

Chapter Fourteen: Eldred II

Conclusion

AFTERWORD

Us, Now

Rebuilding Freedoms Previously Presumed: Examples

Rebuilding Free Culture: One Idea

Them, Soon

1. More Formalities

Registration and Renewal

Marking

2. Shorter Terms

3. Free Use Vs. Fair Use

4. Liberate the Music - Again

5. Fire Lots of Lawyers

Notes

Acknowledgments Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594200069
Subtitle:
The Nature and Future of Creativity
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Lessig, Lawrence
Location:
New York
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Technological innovations
Subject:
Patent, Trademark, Copyright
Subject:
Intellectual Property
Subject:
Media & the Law
Subject:
Government - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
TR-03-20
Publication Date:
20050222
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations on pages 121, 124-126,
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.8 x 5.14 x 0.7 in 0.55 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity
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Product details 368 pages Penguin Books - English 9781594200069 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[An] expertly argued, alarming and surprisingly entertaining look at the current copyright wars."
"Review" by , "[A] highly accessible and enlightening look at the intersection of commerce, the law, and cyberspace."
"Review" by , "Provocative, and sure to inspire argument among the myriad lawyers who, Lessig hints, are the only ones who benefit from the current mess."
"Synopsis" by , From "the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era" (The New Yorker) comes a landmark manifesto about the genuine closing of the American mind.
"Synopsis" by ,

Lawrence Lessig, andldquo;the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet eraandrdquo; (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and canandrsquo;t do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our freedom to imagine.

"Synopsis" by ,

Lawrence Lessig, “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era” (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and can’t do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our freedom to imagine.

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