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File-Sharing Students Fight Copyright Constraints

Publication Date: 
October 10, 2007
The New York Times
Rachel Aviv

Professor Lawrence Lessig's role in the creation of a student group named "Free Culture" is described in this New York Times story:

Propelled by their victory, the students started the group, which they named after the 2004 book “Free Culture” by Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Stanford Law School. The book applies principles from the so-called free software movement — the idea that computer users should have the liberty to copy, distribute and modify software as they wish — to all aspects of culture. Too many copyright restrictions, Mr. Lessig argued, dampen creativity.

“Copyright should be a boring subject, but more and more people are realizing how big this is,” said Cameron Parkins, 21, a member of Students for Free Culture at the University of Southern California. “You mention the name Lawrence Lessig to the right people, and they’ll just go bananas.”