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  • My claim is that we should focus on the values of liberty... If there is not government to insist on those values, then who ... The single unifying force should be that we govern ourselves.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • Believing we know what makes prosperity work, ignoring the nature of the actual prosperity all around, we change the rules within which the Internet revolution lives. These changes will end the revolution.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • A free culture has been our past, but it will only be our future if we change the path we are on right now.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • The danger in media concentration comes not from the concentration, but instead from the feudalism that this concentration, tied to the change in copyright, produces.
    (Lawrence Lessig)


  • don't really want the court to stop the new technology. Then, like now, they simply want to be paid for the innovations of someone else. Then, like now, the content owners ought to lose.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological, and hence cultural, revolution in generations.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • As we've seen, our constitutional system requires limits on copyright as a way to assure that copyright holders do not too heavily influence the development and distribution of our culture.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire, so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • Monopoly controls have been the exception in free societies; they have been the rule in closed societies.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • In these times, the hardest task for social or political activists is to find a way to get people to wonder again about what we all believe is true. The challenge is to sow doubt.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • Creativity is enhanced by less-than-perfect control over what content is on the network.
    (Lawrence Lessig)

  • A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid.
    (Lawrence Lessig)


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