Lessig on Copyright and Culture: "Things could have been different"


3 Responses to “Lessig on Copyright and Culture: "Things could have been different"”

  1. Kerov says:

    It would take a huge moneyed interest to push Lessig’s proposal through America’s bought-and-paid-for legislature.

    Google is the closest thing to a viable advocate for it we have, and even they got bogged-down and headed-off by the huge army of entrenched media lawyers.

    Looks like we’ll get stuck with the next-best answer: copyright will be completely ignored by the average citizen, who will freely copy and share all the digital media they can. But most things non-digital or DRM’ed will be soon be effectively lost to history.

  2. Karlos says:

    There also seems to be a disconnect between the global & non-local nature of disruptive technology change and the regional & local community base of public libraries.

    The occasionally mentioned risk of losing our cultural record to ephemeral electronic formats may unfortunately be heralded by the reduction of access to those resources as they are developed (or perhaps more importantly RE-developed) and monetized/licensed out of the reach of the public and their libraries.

    Should the “new” market remove the freedoms we have currently and – perhaps even worse – prevent this existing public access continuing to new types of media (as they become developed), we may indeed, as Lessig says, be “about to make a catastrophic cultural mistake”.

    Libraries are the pre-existing guardians of public access, but unless there is a kind of “Think Local, act Global” discussion regarding this very access, at every level from a small town municipality to the highest authority in the land, we risk losing a public good.

    Some interesting comments on Libraries in a previous post – http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/11/burning-the-library.html#comment

  3. Anonymous says:

    Not everyone has forgotten.

    I take my children to the library.

    It’s not like the towering stacks and wooden ladders of my youth, but the essence still lingers here and there…

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