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on 4 February 2009
This will educate you and open your eyes....it is one of the cheapest but innovative version of the story of copyright culture which has grown out of control. Originally intended to protect the artist this law is now being used to keep the pockets lined of fat multinational conglomerate companies. Whilst criminalising alot of children, the law has failed to respond to changes in technology such as the internet which has allowed for new forms of creativity which have made the old laws insubstatial.
It recognises a shift from when the laws were created with a balance to protect businesses but also the people.
Laws that protect the interest of large businesses have been pushed into evolution by pressure from these firms, but those to protect the people are not. And remain unchanged and therfore unequipped to protect those it was originally created to protect. Where does this leave us?
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on 22 May 2016
Great read on an important subject
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on 1 November 2010
This is possibly Lessig at his most dazzling.
Superb read from cover to cover.
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on 14 September 2006
There's been a lot of talk about file sharing and copyright theft. But usually it's big greedy corporations talking about the public stealing its assets like we are going in and taking their desks. But what this book talks about is what I've upheld for some time, that copyright law should be all about protecting the creators rights, not the rights of the traditional megalithic distribution networks who basically contribute nothing to the creation of the works they claim to protect.

Wonderful stuff, well presented, cogent, relevant and totally absorbing. Lush historical perspective on how Hollywood and the music business were born from exactly the kind of piracy they now claim to be fighting against. Read the bit about how if P2P was having the impact that the record business claims that their drop in profits would be 100% not 7%. Brilliant!

A tour de force, and I don't say that about many things.
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on 4 October 2004
Casual and accessible book with interesting stories from the history of copyright. If you enjoyed "Code" and "The future of ideas" you will like this one. It is not a typical legal text book, but I found it very useful as Lessig helps you see copyright in a different perspective. Enjoyable anecdotes!
Useful for both non-lawyers and lawyers.
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on 4 October 2010
This book clarified what I thought and gave me further insight into what I didn't
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on 27 April 2014
It was the last buy I did before Amazon have changed policies postage to Europe. Today would be vastly more expensive to Portugal, even twice the price. If i want to buy another now would be impossible and i would like to do it. Lawrence Lessig go to another webstore for a buy more things from you..

Thanks for your atention...
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