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Critical Mass

Publication Date: 
May 14, 2007
The New Yorker
Ken Auletta

Professor Lawrence Lessig is quoted in a "New Yorker" article about "Wall Street Journal" columnist Walter S. Mossberg:

"... Lawrence Lessig, a professor of law at Stanford and the founder of its Center for Internet and Society, says that Mossberg 'missed the most basic point' in a piece on copyright protection for digital material, because “nowhere in the piece did he mention "fair use." ' Yet, Lessig said, 'he also wrote an amazing piece about cell phones and how the phone companies were restricting access to the Web. Nobody was thinking about this issue as it applies to the cell phone.' Lessig worries that Mossberg is 'kind of random' in his writing about these larger issues. There’s 'a lot more to technology questions than how do you make the machine work,' Lessig says. 'When I read the piece he wrote about cell phones, I wanted him to write more about this.' And when he read the article about digital rights, he says, he thought it best that Mossberg not write more about the subject. ..."