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Lawrence Lessig

Datum narození: 3. červen 1961

Lawrence Lessig je americký profesor právní vědy na Harvard Law School. Je znám pro své projevy, články a účast na soudních procesech zaměřených na autorské právo jako jeden z nejvýznamnějších ústavních právníků. Založil Center for Internet and Society a iniciativu za Creative Commons. V roce 2002 obdržel cenu od Free Software Foundation a je členem představenstva v únoru 2005 založené Software Freedom Law Center. Od roku 2003 píše každý měsíc sloupek do časopisu Wired.

V roce 2015 usiluje o nominaci do prezidentských voleb v USA na rok 2016. Jeho podporovatelem je i Jimmy Wales.

Citáty Lawrence Lessig


„Málo by sa na svete vykonalo, keby sme stále mali na mysli, ako sa to skončí.“

„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.“ Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy


„Every generation welcomes the pirates from the last.“ Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

„Why should it be that just when technology is
most encouraging of creativity, the law should be most restrictive?“
Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

„If “piracy means using the creative property of others without their permission- if “if value, then right” is true- then the history of the content industry is a history of piracy. Every important sector of “big media” today- film, records, radio, and cable TV-was born of a kind of piracy so defined. The consistent story is how last generation’s pirates join this generation’s country club-until now.“ Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

„If the law imposed the death penalty for parking tickets, we’d not only have fewer parking tickets, we’d also have much
less driving.“
Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

„Overregulation stifles creativity. It smothers innovation. It gives dinosaurs a veto over the future. It wastes the extraordinary opportunity for a democratic creativity that digital technology enables.“ Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

„That tradition is the way our culture gets made. As I explain in the pages that follow, we come from a tradition of "free culture"—not "free" as in "free beer" (to borrow a phrase from the founder of the freesoftware movement[2] ), but "free" as in "free speech," "free markets," "free trade," "free enterprise," "free will," and "free elections." A free culture supports and protects creators and innovators. It does this directly by granting intellectual property rights. But it does so indirectly by limiting the reach of those rights, to guarantee that follow-on creators and innovators remain as free as possible from the control of the past. A free culture is not a culture without property, just as a free market is not a market in which everything is free. The opposite of a free culture is a "permission culture"—a culture in which creators get to create only with the permission of the powerful, or of creators from the past.“ Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity


„Overregulation corrupts citizens and weakens the rule of law.“ Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

„Freedom is about stopping the past.“

„Technology means you can now do amazing things easily; but you couldn't easily do them legally.“ Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

„And with a practice of writing comes a certain important integrity. A culture filled with bloggers thinks differently about politics or public affairs, if only because more have been forced through the discipline of showing in writing why A leads to B.“ Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy


„If “piracy” means using value from someone else’s creative property without permission from that creator–as it is increasingly described today – then every industry affected by copyright today is the product and beneficiary of a certain kind of piracy. Film, records, radio, cable TV… Extremists in this debate love to say “You wouldn’t go into Barnes & Noble and take a book off of the shelf without paying; why should it be any different with online music?” The difference is, of course, that when you take a book from Barnes & Noble, it has one less book to sell. By contrast, when you take an MP3 from a computer network, there is not one less CD that can be sold. The physics of piracy of the intangible are different from the physics of piracy of the tangible.“ Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

„[The Internet] affects democracy... As more and more citizens express what they think, and defend it in writing, that will change the way people understand public issues. It is easy to be wrong and misguided in your head. It is harder when the product of your mind can be criticized by others. Of course, it is a rare human who admits that he has been persuaded that he is wrong. But it is even rarer for a human to ignore when he has been proven wrong. The writing of ideas, arguments, and criticism improves democracy.“ Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

„Economics itself offers a parallel that explains why this integration affects creativity. Clay Christensen has written about the “Innovator’s Dilemma”: the fact that large traditional firms find it rational to ignore new, breakthrough technologies that compete with their core business. The same analysis could help explain why large, traditional media companies will undermine our tradition of free culture. The property right that is copyright is no longer the balanced right that it was, or was intended to be. The property right that is copyright has become unbalanced, tilted toward an extreme. The opportunity to create and transform becomes weakened in a world in which creation requires permission and creativity must check with a lawyer.“ Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

„In the 1970s, 3 percent of retiring members became lobbyists. Thirty years later, that number has increased by an order of magnitude. Between 1998 and 2004, more than 50 percent of senators and 42 percent of House members made that career transition.“ Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It

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