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Lawrence Lessig Quotes

32 Lawrence Lessig quotes:

"Companies will often use the legal system to scare people away from attacking them. But we all should be free to make critical statements about anybody, unless those statements are malicious."
Author: Lessig Quotes Category: People 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 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."
"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."
"Monopoly controls have been the exception in free societies; they have been the rule in closed societies."
"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."
"The danger in media concentration comes not from the concentration, but instead from the feudalism that this concentration, tied to the change in copyright, produces."
"We have a massive system to regulate creativity. A massive system of lawyers regulating creativity as copyright law has expanded in unrecognizable forms, going from a regulation of publishing to a regulation of copying."
"While the creative works from the 16th century can still be accessed and used by others, the data in some software programs from the 1990s is already inaccessible."
"When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place,"
Author: Lessig Quotes Category: Government Quotes
"don't really want the court to stop the new technology. Then, like now, they simply want to be paid for the innovations of someone else. Then, like now, the content owners ought to lose."
Author: Lessig Quotes Category: Technology 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
"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."
"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."

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