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A Conversation with Lawrence Lessig

Publication Date: 
November 21, 2008

Journalist Charlie Rose interviewed Professor Lawrence Lessig about his book "Remix" and his role with the Obama campaign:

CHARLIE ROSE: Lawrence Lessig is here. He is a professor at Stanford Law and founder of its Center for Internet and Society. For the past decade, he has worked to reform copyright laws. He has advised and campaigned for Senator Obama and recently announced that he will shift focus to combating corruption and changing Congress.

His new book is called "Remix: Making Art & Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy." I am pleased to have him back at this table.


LAWRENCE LESSIG: Thank you, Charlie. Good to be back.

CHARLIE ROSE: Just because you know and were associated with the campaign in some way because of a Chicago experience, tell me about our next president from your perspective.

LAWRENCE LESSIG: Well, my perspective began way back in the early 1990s when he was an adjunct professor at Chicago and I was teaching. One of my favorite students came in, and she started raving about this new professor that she had, this brilliant, young lawyer who was teaching civil rights seminar. And I was enormously jealous, so I had to seek him out.