Mon Sep 11 00:08:14 CEST 2006

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Yesterday I finished reading the book Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity by Lawrence Lessig.
Lessig is the founder of the Creative Commons project, a professor on the Stanford Law School and got the FSF Award 2002.

Free Culture is about the moral rights in the USA and England, Japan and the European Union. It describes how they changed along the years and why it is (partly) bad of the congress to allow the unlimited temporary use of the moral rights.

Furthermore it explains what it means to release a work into public domain or how fair use works.
Lessig shows on brilliant examples how the law, the market, the technique and the creativity influence each other - e.g. he describes the challence between Eldred vs. Ashcroft and some more.

It is a great work to get a view inside of the federal court system based on English common, that the United States has got. It's the best book I've ever read about free culture and the way how creativity and freedom works for our society now and in the future. So it doesn't surprised me much that RMS was one of the first readers of the manuscript.


Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Categories: printed media |