Free Culture

Free Culture : The Nature and Future of Creativity

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 20mm | 295g
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • b/w illustrations on pages 121, 124-126, 132, 140-143, 149-152, 158, 164, and 24
  • 0143034650
  • 9780143034650
  • 201,452

Table of contents


Chapter One: Creators

Chapter Two: "Mere Copyists"

Chapter Three: Catalogs

Chapter Four: "Pirates"
Recorded Music
Cable TV

Chapter Five: "Piracy"
Piracy I
Piracy II

Chapter Six: Founders

Chapter Seven: Recorders

Chapter Eight: Transformers

Chapter Nine: Collectors

Chapter Ten: "Property"
Why Hollywood Is Right
Law: Duration
Law: Scope
Law and Architecture: Reach
Architecture and Law: Force
Market: Concentration

Chapter Eleven: Chimera

Chapter Twelve: Harms
Constraining Creators
Constraining Innovators
Corrupting Citizens

Chapter Thirteen: Eldred

Chapter Fourteen: Eldred II


Us, Now
Rebuilding Freedoms Previously Presumed: Examples
Rebuilding Free Culture: One Idea

Them, Soon
1. More Formalities
Registration and Renewal
2. Shorter Terms
3. Free Use Vs. Fair Use
4. Liberate the Music - Again
5. Fire Lots of Lawyers
Acknowledgments Index
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Review Text

"A powerfully argued and important analysis... surprisingly entertaining."  The New York Times Book Review

"An entertaining and important look at the past and future of the cold war between the media industry and new technologies."  Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape
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A powerfully argued and important analysis... surprisingly entertaining. --The New York Times Book Review

An entertaining and important look at the past and future of the cold war between the media industry and new technologies. --Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape
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About Lawrence Lessig

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. 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.
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