Free Culture

Free Culture

The Nature and Future of Creativity

Format
Ebook
Price
$13.99
 
Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101200841
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Lawrence Lessig, “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era” (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and can’t do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our freedom to imagine.
Free Culture

Free Culture

Lawrence Lessig

Praise

“A powerfully argued and important analysis… surprisingly entertaining.” —The New York Times Book Review

“An entertaining and important look at the past and future of the cold war between the media industry and new technologies.” —Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

“PIRACY”
Chapter One: Creators

Chapter Two: “Mere Copyists”

Chapter Three: Catalogs

Chapter Four: “Pirates”
Film
Recorded Music
Radio
Cable TV

Chapter Five: “Piracy”
Piracy I
Piracy II

“PROPERTY”
Chapter Six: Founders

Chapter Seven: Recorders

Chapter Eight: Transformers

Chapter Nine: Collectors

Chapter Ten: “Property”
Why Hollywood Is Right
Beginnings
Law: Duration
Law: Scope
Law and Architecture: Reach
Architecture and Law: Force
Market: Concentration
Together

“PUZZLES”
Chapter Eleven: Chimera

Chapter Twelve: Harms
Constraining Creators
Constraining Innovators
Corrupting Citizens

“BALANCES”
Chapter Thirteen: Eldred

Chapter Fourteen: Eldred II

Conclusion

AFTERWORD
Us, Now
Rebuilding Freedoms Previously Presumed: Examples
Rebuilding Free Culture: One Idea

Them, Soon
1. More Formalities
Registration and Renewal
Marking
2. Shorter Terms
3. Free Use Vs. Fair Use
4. Liberate the Music – Again
5. Fire Lots of Lawyers
Notes
Acknowledgments Index

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