Quotes from “The Future Of Ideas” by Lawrence Lessig

This confusion is leading us to change the environment in ways that will change the prosperity.
Shapiro saw good and bad in both futures. Too much dis-intermediation, he warned, would interfere with collective governance; some balance was needed. But likewise, efforts to rearchitect the Net to reenable control
marketplace is not a proxy for every domain of social power.
An open code platform keeps a platform honest. And honest, neutral platforms build trust in developers.
And so, from sources unnamed, Baran secured a copy of AT&T's plans—the blueprints for the telecommunications system of the United States.
For much of the twentieth century, it was essentially illegal even to experiment with the telephone system. It was a crime to attach a device to the telephone system that AT&T didn't build or expressly authorize.
aspect of this prosperity—“property”—confuses us. This confusion is leading us to change
en years ago,” Guggenheim explains, “if incidental artwork . . . was recognized by a common person,” then you would have to clear its copyright. Today, things are very different. Now “if any piece of artwork is recognizable by anybody . . . then you have to clear the rights of that and pay” to use the work. “[A]lmost every piece of artwork, any piece of furniture, or sculpture, has to be cleared before you can use it.”1
Film you can rip, mix, and burn only as Hollywood allows. It controls that creativity—it, and the law that backs it up
you, this music that you pay for many times over—when you hear it on commercial radio, when you buy a CD, when you pay a surplus at a large restaurant so that it can play the same music on its speakers, when you purchase a movie ticket where the song is the theme—this music is not yours. You have no “right” to rip it, or to mix it, or especially to burn it.
prevails. The forces that the original Internet threatened to transform are well on their way to transforming the Internet. Through changes in the architecture that defined the original network, as well as changes in the legal en‍
what is our culture; to “rip” it—meaning to copy it; to “mix” it—meaning to reform it however
The World Wide Web (WWW) was the fantasy of a few MIT computer scientists.
THERE ARE two futures in front of us, the one we are taking and the one we could have. The one we are taking is easy to describe
I would say to an 18-year-old artist, you're totally free to do whatever you want.
I would say to an 18-year-old
law professor Jessica Litman
The movie Batman Forever was threatened because the Batmobile drove through an allegedly copyrighted courtyard and the original architect demanded money before the film could be released.
An innocent case is the emergence of a technology called “network address technologies” (NATs).
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