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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, "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
  • 128.02 x 196.09 x 17.53mm | 240.4g
  • 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
  • 152,468

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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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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