Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy Paperback – 29 Sep 2009
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"Lawrence Lessig is a prophet for the Internet age. . . . A splendidly combative manifesto-pungent, witty and persuasive."
" Once dubbed a 'philosopher king of Internet law, ' [Lessig] writes with a unique mix of legal expertise, historic facts, and cultural curiosity. . . . The result is a wealth of interesting examples and theories on how and why digital technology and copyright law can promote professional and amateur art."
About the Author
Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Stanford Law School and the founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. The author of "The Future of Ideas" and "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace," he is the chair of the Creative Commons project. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School, he has clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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He presents an interesting story about the problems they had in the southern states of America with racial discrimination. The problem was that if stores opened their doors to African Americans then they would be seen as pro-black and loose a lot of their original business. So in 1964 (!) a law was passed that made discrimination in public restaurants and other related establishments a felony. This changed the game completely. This reminds me of a law that was passed not that long ago in Denmark, that made smoking in the same kind of places a felony.
this is only an ok-ish intro book to the digital world of "appropriating" others music + images remixing them for "amateur" use, but nothing to do with the art world whatsover as depicited on the cover - so beware. directed at teens + twentysomething's burning others copyrighted music or video files on-line + how copyright might be reedefined for the future to offset the present use of such on-line creativity. the altruistic element of fileshare sites , as well as wikipedia + amazon is discussed also - where online reviewers (hey such as myself) enjoy sharing not only files but opinions online with others - as part of the burgeoning hybrid economy. certainly a zeitgeist subject + expanding soical mode of expression but this book over fixates on the copyright legalities without much flourish or wider view of where the ne wopportun ites offered on line for creative file sharing is taking us.
worthy but overlong + a bit repetitive...