Walled Culture

Lawrence Lessig: Internet Architecture, Remix Culture, Creative Commons, NFTs, Aaron Swartz and the Internet Archive

December 2, 2021

Professor Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and notably a founding board member of Creative Commons. The New Yorker has called him the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era. In this podcast episode, he shares his reflections on the interplay between copyright and Internet’s architecture, remix culture, the Creative Commons movement, the rise and benefits of NFTs, the work of Aaron Swartz and the attack on the Internet Archive.

Key Takeaways:
0:00 Intro
2:10 Lawrence talks about where his passion for copyright issues and their impacts came from and talks about architecture of the Internet with regards to intellectual properties 
4:57 Lawrence also talks about some of the ways in which copyright walls in culture and shares an example 
9:08 Lawrence talks about remixes, what they are and how they are impacting people, especially young people who have their whole lives online 
12:21 Lawrence talks about the Creative Commons license, what it is and what pushed him to its creation 
16:42 Lawrence talks about how the ecosystem is doing now that things are evolving and what could be improved about Creative Commons 
21:26 Lawrence talks about the NFTs within Creative Commons, what they are and his view on them
25:17 Lawrence talks about his book called Code, why he revised it to Code v2.0 in 2006, if he is going to revise it again and what he would change 
29:13 Lawrence also talks about his other books, Remix and Free Culture and why he decided to move on
33:13 Lawrence explains if he would argue differently the case he did 20 years ago with regards to changing the copyright laws 
36:22 Lawrence also shares his journey of running for presidency in the year 2015 and what he was pushing for 
40:58 Lawrence also talks about Aaron Swartz and the work that he was doing before committing suicide and if there are other people trying to push on with his work 
43:34 Lawrence also talks about where we are today in the state of copyright today, if things have improved 
46:57 Lawrence talks about what he would recommend others do to improve the copyright situation and access to knowledge 

Books Mentioned: 
Code v2.0: https://lessig.org/product/codev2 
Remix: https://lessig.org/product/remix 
Free Culture: https://lessig.org/product/free-culture 
Guerilla Open Access Manifesto: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/22890903 

Shows Mentioned:
Equal Citizens: https://equalcitizens.us/ 
Creative Commons: http://www.creativecommons.org/ 
AXA Research Fund: https://www.axa-research.org/ 
Eyes on the prize: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092999/ 
CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/ 
Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/ 

Guests Social Media Links:
Website: https://lessig.org/ 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lessig/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lessig 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lessig.org/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lawlessig/?hl=en 
Email: lessig_from_web@pobox.com 

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