Thursday, January 04, 2007

Lawrence Lessig - The Differences between Culture and Code

Lawrence Lessig at the 23C3 Conference - On Free, and the Differences between Culture and Code.

Larry Lessig's entry at Wikipedia:
He is currently professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of its Center for Internet and Society. He is best known as a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications.


In 2002, Lessig was awarded the FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), and on March 28, 2004 he was elected to the FSF's Board of Directors[2]. In 2006, Lessig was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences[3]. Lessig is also a well-known critic of copyright term extensions.

He proposed the concept of "Free Culture"[4]. He also supports free software and open spectrum[5]. He is founder and CEO of the Creative Commons and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. At his "Free culture" keynote at OSCON 2002, half of his speech was also about software patents, which he views as a rising threat to both free/open source software and innovation. Lessig is on the board of directors of Software Freedom Law Center, launched in February 2005.

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