I believe I’m nearly finished with my investigation on good ol’ copyright laws. Here’s one last conversation from NPR’s Talk of the Nation where Lawrence Lessig, author of Free Culture, responds to callers and copyright proponents about the current state of copyright law and the erosion of a healthy public domain. Similar to my past posts, the conversation begins with Danger Mouse’s Gray Album, but after that strays into metaphorical blueprint heists, the film industry, Walt Disney, cable TV, and Robert Frost. Lessig’s argument’s is not against copyright laws, but addressing how ridiculously strict they’ve become. He believes that copyright laws do, in fact, stifle creativity. He’s also the very intelligent and humerous lawyer who’s featured in the prior posted documentary, RiP! A Remix Manifesto.

As NPR notes on the story’s page:

In Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture, the author and Stanford law professor argues that large corporations are using technology and the law to put a stranglehold on new ideas. He argues that the Internet age calls for a new way of deciding who can own an idea. “Thomas Jefferson considered protecting the public against overly long monopolies on creative works an essential government role,” Lessig writes. “What did he know that we’ve forgotten?”

It’s a mere 35 minute radio story and well worth the listen.

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