Who owns Culture?
If creativity is based on the past how can you have a future without remixing the past? Is creativity being strangled by laws of copyright and intellectual property? Will copyright kill new forms of expression? What is the balance between protection and the freedom to creatively remix? Who owns culture? Who owns the right to “read” the culture but also the right to creatively re/write it for the current and next generation? Could a society or nation flourish in a “read-only” culture?
Lessig wants to legalize “what it is to be young”, a “new literacy” and a new “way to speak” for this generation so they can participate in the creation and re/creation of culture.
Who is Larry Lessig?
Lawrence “Larry” Lessig (born June 3, 1961) is an American academic and political activist. He is best known as a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications.
He is a director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a professor of law at Harvard Law School. Prior to rejoining Harvard, he was a professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of its Center for Internet and Society. Lessig is a founding board member of Creative Commons, a board member of the Software Freedom Law Center and a former board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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