Thursday, 13 June 2013

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Restoring Freedom: a review of “Free Culture” by Lawrence Lessig

We live in a paradoxical time. Never before in modern times has the power of collaborative production been such a prominent feature of popular culture. Witness the popularity of the latest YouTube meme videos and of the self-styled online celebrities, for they herald the heightened inclusiveness of cultural creation that broadcast media failed to provide. Yet, copyright protection has in recent decades expanded far beyond its original intent, granting media conglomerates an incredible degree of control over the production of our shared culture and constantly threatening to reinvent the Internet in the image of its outdated predecessors. The struggle of reformists such as Lawrence Lessig is to reconcile this divide and create a more rational copyright system.

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