Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

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The author of Free Culture shows how we harm our childrenaand almost anyone who creates, enjoys, or sells any art formawith a restrictive copyright system driven by corporate interests. Lessig reveals the solutions to this impasse offered by a collaborative yet profitable ahybrid economya. Lawrence Lessig, the reigning authority on intellectual property in the Internet age, spotlights the newest and possibly the most harmful culture waraa war waged against our kids and others who create and consume art. Americaas copyright laws have ceased to perform their original, beneficial role: protecting artistsa creations while allowing them to build on previous creative works. In fact, our system now criminalizes those very actions. For many, new technologies have made it irresistible to flout these unreasonable and ultimately untenable laws. Some of todayas most talented artists are felons, and so are our kids, who see no reason why they shouldnat do what their computers and the Web let them do, from burning a copyrighted CD for a friend to abitinga riffs from films, videos, songs, etc and making new art from them. Criminalizing our children and others is exactly what our society should not do, and Lessig shows how we can and must end this conflictaa war as ill conceived and unwinnable as the war on drugs. By embracing aread-write culture, a which allows its users to create art as readily as they consume it, we can ensure that creators get the supportaartistic, commercial, and ethicalathat they deserve and need. Indeed, we can already see glimmers of a new hybrid economy that combines the profit motives of traditional business with the asharing economya evident in such Websites as Wikipedia and YouTube. The hybrid economy will become ever more prominent in every creative realmafrom news to musicaand Lessig shows how we can and should use it to benefit those who make and consume culture. Remix is an urgent, eloquent plea to end a war that harms our children and other intrepid creative users of new technologies. It also offers an inspiring vision of the post-war world where enormous opportunities await those who view art as a resource to be shared openly rather than a commodity to be hoarded.
 

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REMIX: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

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The nation's leading cyberlaw scholar denounces "copyright extremism" and boldly re-envisions intellectual-property law for the digital age. The Recording Industry Association of America is suing more ... Read full review

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Lessig’s a good writer, and he likes remix and doesn’t like making our kids into criminals. Thus he supports (1) taking amateur (noncommercial) remix out of the coverage of copyright entirely and (2 ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Cultures
23
CULTURES OF OUR FUTURE
34
RW REVIVED
51
CULTURES COMPARED
84
COMMERCIAL AND SHARING
117
Three Keys to These Three Successes
128
The Character of Commercial Success
141
Sharing Economies 143 Sharing Economies
155
Beyond Wikipedia
162
What Sharing Economies Share
172
ECONOMY LESSONS 225 8 ECONOMY LESSONS
225
REFORMING
253
REFORMING
274
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Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the School¬'s Center for Internet and Society. He is the author of Free Culture, The Future of Ideas, and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, and is a columnist at Wired. He chairs the Creative Commons project and has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation¬'s Freedom Award. He was named one of Scientific American¬'s Top 50 Visionaries and has also been listed as one of BusinessWeek¬'s ¬“eBiz 25,¬” the magazine¬'s roundup of the twenty-five most influential people in electronic business, several times.

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