We live in momentous times. Our technical ability to gather, store and distribute information has reached unprecedented levels. The fabled library of Alexandria now lies within our reach, yet the existing copyright system makes such a dream impossible.
In fact, the current copyright system is so restrictive that a university professor could, in the course of a single day, unwittingly commit at least eighty-three acts of infringement and face liability in the amount of $12.45 million.* While this might seem amusing, the successful $220,000 suit brought against a single mother for stealing music last fall shows it to be very serious indeed.**
Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig is a brilliant book that paints a chilling and compelling picture of the path that brought us here. Without siding exclusively with the 'absolute control' corporations or the 'no control' anarchists, Lessig shows what has happened, what went wrong, and what could be done to solve this dilemma.
While copyright law may not seem all that interesting at the outset, this is a hard book to put down. One begins to realize while flipping from one spellbinding page to the next that Lawrence is not just talking about law or finance or life; Lawrence is talking about the sell-out of our very essence. He is describing the death of our collective human spirit.
If you care about the future of creativity, this is an absolute must read! The book is available from Amazon.com, or in the spirit that it was written, itís also free online at www.free-culture.cc/freeculture.pdf