Tim Wu profile in Business Week

Business Week has a great profile of the copyfighting law prof Tim Wu, whose essay on open handsets inspired Google's mobile phone project. Tim's a smart cookie -- and we went to elementary school together!
Wu's work exploring the nexus of communications and the law has made him the field's most important new voice. Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford University law professor who has been the leader in arguing for reduced restrictions on what can go up on the Internet, predicts that Wu will become even more influential than he himself has been: "The second generation always has a bigger impact than the first."

At Columbia, Wu brings a quirky sensibility to the job. On a recent afternoon, he strolled into the classroom with a furry mouse costume. Wu brought the prop as a visual aid to discuss copyright law. He slipped on a pair of mittens and asked the class: "Do I have copyright protection?" A few students correctly said no. Then Wu put on a giant mouse mask and waved his hands in the air like some surreal Disneyland character. "Do I have copyright protection now?" he asked. The class erupted into laughter. Wu's point was that because costumes are useful articles, not works of art, they do not merit copyright protection.


See also:
Why wireless carriers should be forced into neutrality Understanding broadband regulation
Searchable index of Judge Posner's decisions - law for the people
Network neutrality - why it matters, and how do we fix it
Why the Supreme Court will hear Grokster
Jack Valenti says stupid things -- really, really stupid things
Killer audio file of killer lawyers talking Grokster
A simple prescription for keeping Google's records out of government hands

Update: Spencer Ante, who wrote the article, sez, "Thanks for the link to the profile I wrote about Tim. But it would be nicer if you actually mentioned my name instead of just BusinessWeek!"



  1. I just picked-up The Master Switch and it’s blowing my mind. I’m embarrassed to say I’d never heard of him before (I’m a cab driver in the Midwest), but am taking time out right now to scour the net for all things Wu. This book should be required reading for our employees in DC. So he’s the person who coined “Net Neutrality”? God bless him, we need more people who can show us The Big Picture.

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