Lawrence Lessig Quotes

Lawrence Lessig Quotes: Copyright law has got to give up its obsession with 'the copy.' The law should not regulate 'copies' or 'modern reproductions' on their own. It should instead regulate uses--like public distributions of copies of copyrighted work--that connect directly to the economic incentive copyright law was intended to foster.
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Lawrence Lessig Quote: My claim is that we should focus on the values of liberty... If there is not government to insist on those values, then who? ... The single unifying force should be that we govern ourselves.
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Quotes about Lawrence Lessig: I'm focused on solving the problem that would make it plausible for gov't to get back to solving real problems.
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Quote about Lawrence Lessig: Change the way we fund campaigns. Until we do, Wall Street will always be able to blackmail the Dems and GOP to giving them what Wall Street wants.
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Lawrence Lessig Sayings: I find focusing clearly on the problem is the first step to seeing a solution. The problem is (a) the insane amount of time spent raising money from (b) a freakishly tiny proportion of America. Basically .05% are the
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Lawrence Lessig Saying: Monopolies are not justified by theory; they should be permitted only when justified by facts. If there is no solid basis for extending a certain monopoly protection, then we should not extend that protection. This does not mean that every copyright must prove its value initially. That would be a far too cumbersome system of control. But it does mean that every system or category of copyright or patent should prove its worth. Before the monopoly should be permitted, there must be reason to believe it will do some good -- for society, and not just for monopoly holders.
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Saying about Lawrence Lessig: One theme of what I've been writing has been to get people to understand that
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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid.
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Lawrence Lessig Quote: One great feature of modern society is the institutionalized respect we give to processes designed to destroy the past.
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Quotes about Lawrence Lessig: Lawyers rarely test their power, or the power they promote, against this simple pragmatic question:
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Quote about Lawrence Lessig: Show me why your regulation of culture is needed. Show me how it does good. And until you can show me both, keep your lawyers away.
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Lawrence Lessig Sayings: [Conservatives] go to church, they do lots of things for free for each other. They hold potluck dinners. ... They serve food to poor people. They share, they give, they give away for free. It's the very same people leading Wall Street firms who, on Sundays, show up and share.
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Lawrence Lessig Saying: This does not mean that every copyright must prove its value initially. That would be a far too cumbersome system of control. But it does mean that every system or category of copyright or patent should prove its worth.
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Sayings about Lawrence Lessig: I think if the copyright regime focuses on the people we are supposed to be helping, the artists and creators, and builds a system that gives them the freedom to choose and to protect and to be rewarded for their creativity, then we will have the right focus.
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Saying about Lawrence Lessig: The current term of protection for software is the life of an author plus 70 years, or, if it's work-for-hire, a total of 95 years. This is a bastardization of the Constitution's requirement that copyright be for
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Lawrence Lessig Quotes: 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. Once a company that produces a certain product goes out of business, it has no simple way to uncover how its product encoded data. The code is thus lost, and the software is inaccessible. Knowledge has been destroyed.
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Lawrence Lessig Quote: I spend as little time with lawmakers as possible. Many are great. And more than you expect want real change. But they're not going to do anything till we, the outsiders, force them to adopt it.
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