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Canny In Cannes

Publication Date: 
January 26, 2008
Juliana Koranteng

Professor Lawrence Lessig is keynoting a speech in Cannes, according to Billboard magazine:

Lessig ... is founder/CEO of United States-based Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization promoting the right to use copyrighted works for noncommercial purposes. His presence usually triggers heated debates with copyright organizations, which accuse Creative Commons of fueling anti-copyright sentiments.

Lessig refutes this. "As the Internet has exploded, so has the number of content creators whose rights need to be respected," he says. "Not all of them are professionals; many are amateurs whose works deserve as much respect but are not covered by collecting societies."