Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law

TED is hosting a talk (video) by Lawrence Lessig about how the law is preventing creativity, criminalize the youth of today and don’t allow the society to get from the
Read-Only Society to a Read-Write one.

You can download the talk as an mp4 file too.


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2 Responses to “Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law”

  1. proxxi Says:

    We should propably perform a “chmod -R ug+rw $society” to make it a read-write one.
    But to get serious:
    I dont share his optimistic view of people nowadays being more able to bring theire own ideas into culture, because I think that this oppurtunity is more a formal one (as being possible by technology), than being a real one.
    Actually the “culture industry” (as defined by Horkheimer/Adorno 1944 in “The Dialectics of Enlightenment”) is very powerful and controling the contents of mass-culture in a nearly total way. Of course, the internet opens opportunities, but because of the strength of culture industry, truly alternative culture has not much chance to be brought to a wide audience.

  2. stefon Says:

    I believe that the internet allows much more people to participate in the creation of culture.
    But I think you are right with your opinion on the “culture-industry”. They have huge powers and will do anything to prevent loosing their monopoly.
    Technology alone will not break this monopoly of creativity… But I think it can help…

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