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Digital Era Demands More Concentration To Protect Quality

Publication Date: 
March 11, 2008
Source: 
Communications Daily
Author: 
Louis Trager

Communications Daily covered the Legal Futures Conference at Stanford Law School last Saturday. Both Professor Lawrence Lessig and Lecturer in Law Fred von Lohmann are quoted about the need for maintaining as free an internet culture as possible:

"Doesn't the market work better if there's more competition, not concentration?" asked Fred von Lohmann, senior staffer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, from the audience.

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Endorsing Cappuccio's broad comments about opportunities and business risks, Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, called them "absolutely 100 percent correct." But he called good journalism's struggle to survive "a very serious problem," voicing doubt about what he termed Cappuccio's "very happy, optimistic" prediction. Lessig said Pro Publica, a new nonprofit planning to back investigative reporting for free distribution via conventional outlets, "might be one solution." And "we might have a disagreement" over "what's a proper intellectual property regime," Lessig said.