Digital: Ex Post

May 23, 2005

The Creators Own Ideas

The Creators Own Ideas: "My task here is to write a response to Larry Lessig's meditation on the free-software movement and its relationship to the general law of copyright (see 'The People Own Ideas!'). But as the dry tone of my first sentence suggests, we have very different approaches to our common topic. Lessig is a master at weaving personal vignettes with structural arguments. The vignettes are intended to introduce an intimate personal dimension to the arcane world of intellectual property. His readers receive a gut-level education about the immense impact that legal rules have on ordinary people, whose voices, he tells us, can only be heard above the din if they speak in unison."

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