Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig. Lawrence Lessig, the reigning authority on intellectual property in the Remix is an urgent, eloquent plea to end a war that harms our children and other. Ben said: I’d recommend Remix to anyone who creates content, whether as part of their Lawrence Lessig, the reigning authority on intellectual property in the.

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Lessig resurrects the testimony of American composer John Phillip Sousa, who went before Congress in to discuss copyright reform: Today you hear these infernal machines going night and day.

We will not have a vocal chord left. He was describing how a technology These ‘machines,’ Sousa feared, would lead us away from We would become just consumers of culture, not also producers. On current copyright law: As Lessig explains, today’s copyright laws regulate reproductions or “copies. The same is not true when you crack open a book: RO culture in the digital age is thus open to control in a way that was never possible in the analog age For the first time, [copyright law] reaches beyond the professional to control the amateur.

lawrende The system loves the game; the game therefore never ends. On the birth of the “Copyright Wars”: According to Lessig, the war began during the fall ofwhen members of the “content industry” read: An analog tape was difficult to copy and disseminate.


Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

An MP3 file, on the other hand, just required the click of a mouse. In September of that year, movie studios and record labels met with the Commerce Department to map out a new legal strategy. The wildly popular and ill-fated music-sharing giant Napster became the war’s first casualty.

But it didn’t pawrence there.

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig

On technology as the solution, not the problem: This code limited the redistribution of iTunes songs, thus reassuring record companies that the online music store wouldn’t be a total rip-off. The technology could enable almost any form of control the copyright owner could imagine. On the remix as an art form: Likening this new form of digital creativity to a chef using store-bought ingredients, Lessige writes, “the remix artist does the same thing with bits of culture found in his digital cupboard.

Recalling storytime with his oldest son, Lessig writes, “The moment he first objected to a particular shift in the plot, and offered his own, was one of the coolest moments of my life. I want to see this expressed in every form of cultural meaning I want him to be the sort of person who can create by remaking If the war simply ended tomorrow, what forms of creativity could we expect?


What good could we realize, and encourage, and rfmix from? Just as apples shouldn’t be compared to oranges, software code shouldn’t be likened to movies or music to scientific articles. Each, he argues, will require its own set of rules. Fittingly enough, Lessig’s book is a literary remix of sorts. Once dubbed a “philosopher king of Internet law,” he writes with a unique mix of legal expertise, historic facts and cultural curiosity, citing everything from turn-of-the-century Congressional testimony to Wikipedia to contemporary best-sellers like Chris Anderson’s The Long Tail.

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy: Lawrence Lessig: Bloomsbury Academic

The result is a wealth of interesting examples and theories on how and why digital technology and copyright law can promote professional and amateur leszig. As he sees it, reforming copyright law is the only way to salvage it: We can only criminalize it. We can’t stop our kids from using the technologies we give them to remix the culture around them.

We can only drive that remix underground.