Lawrence Lessig Quotes


32 Lawrence Lessig quotes:



"Creativity is enhanced by less-than-perfect control over what content is on the network."
Author: Lessig Quotes Category: Control Quotes
"This is the hard policy question. They [network operators] want total control. My point is, is there another way to give them a rate of return? I don't know."
Author: Lessig Quotes Category: Control Quotes
"We adopt this strategy now because there's an urgency to this debate. Over time, the space of free expression has shrunk."
Author: Lessig Quotes Category: Debate Quotes
"Believing we know what makes prosperity work, ignoring the nature of the actual prosperity all around, we change the rules within which the Internet revolution lives. These changes will end the revolution."
"A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom."
"A free culture has been our past, but it will only be our future if we change the path we are on right now."
"A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid."
"A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense."
"All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological, and hence cultural, revolution in generations."
"Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property."
"As we've seen, our constitutional system requires limits on copyright as a way to assure that copyright holders do not too heavily influence the development and distribution of our culture."
"Before the monopoly should be permitted, there must be reason to believe it will do some good - for society, and not just for monopoly holders."
"By the time Apple's Macintosh operating system finally falls into the public domain, there will be no machine that could possibly run it. The term of copyright for software is effectively unlimited."
"Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire, so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again."
"If the Internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they're free for people to build upon as they see fit."
"If the only way a library can offer an Internet exhibit about the New Deal is to hire a lawyer to clear the rights to every image and sound, then the copyright system is burdening creativity in a way that has never been seen before because there are no formalities."
"Monopoly controls have been the exception in free societies; they have been the rule in closed societies."
"Notwithstanding the fact that the most innovative and progressive space we've seen - the Internet - has been the place where intellectual property has been least respected. You know, facts don't get in the way of this ideology."
"Now that copyrights can be just about a century long, the inability to know what is protected and what is not protected becomes a huge and obvious burden on the creative process."
"Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device."



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