Lawrence Lessig Quotes


32 Lawrence Lessig quotes:



"Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property."
"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."
"Remember the refrain: We always build on the past; the past always tries to stop us. Freedom is about stopping the past, but we have lost that ideal."
"So uncritically do we accept the idea of property in culture that we don't even question when the control of that property removes our ability, as a people, to develop our culture democratically."
"When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place."
"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."
"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
"A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom."
"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."



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