Lessig on Colbert

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Larry Lessig had a great appearance in Colbert Report on Thursday night, promoting his new book Remix. EFF's got a partial transcript, a video embed, and details on the remix challenge that came out of the end of the piece.

Colbert: You say our copyright laws are turning our kids into criminals, because they're keeping kids from doing all the remixing they want of pre-existing art and copywritten material, right?

Isn't that like saying that arson laws are turning our kids into pyromaniacs?? They're breaking the law! You can't just throw the law out the window!

Lessig: "Totally failed war." Is that familiar to you?

Colbert: No. No. You're saying we need a surge?

Lessig: We tried the surge. For ten years we've been waging this war. Artists have not gotten any more money, businesses have not gotten any more profit, and our kids have been turned into criminals.

Larry Lessig on The Colbert Report