Yet another extraordinary video from the TED Conference. Lessig talks about "read/write culture" a description he applies to our current user generated/web 2.0 culture as one in which people participate in the creation and recreation of culture. (Brian Eno is fond of pointing out the historic recency of record music as a stable, fixed and repeated experience. One that he believes future generations will look back at with a sense of bewilderment.)
He presents a few historic anecdotes (on trespass & copyright law) and frames the current music industry's and legal sector's framing as shortsighted, lacking common sense and missing the bigger picture.
Larry Lessig from the Authors@Google Series.
Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society.
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