Creativity vs. Law

1 02 2010

Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, gives a really neat an insightful discussion on the state of the creative realm in the video below. He suggests that copyright laws, while originally derived to protect the work of artists and encourage creativity, are headed in the a very dangerous direction that could ultimately stifle creativity. And instead of protecting the artist’s work, this legislation is simply deepening the pockets of those in control of content production and channels of distribution.

You can learn more about Lessig and his interests by hopping over to his website, here. It’s worth noting that Lessig allows the free download of a number of his books, including Code 2.0 – a book that was partly written in concert with bloggers and other online folk via a wiki, and a seminal text in understanding some of the regulatory issues surrounding the World Wide Web.

If you like what Lessig has to say, or would like a to learn a little bit more on similar issues but from a Canadian perspective, check Michael Geist’s blog.

Advertisements