In Praise Of ... Lawrence Lessig
The Guardian quotes Professor Lawrence Lessig in a short article that mentions, among others things, his new book Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy:
Professor Lessig "regards extension of copyright as anathema to the YouTube generation and a brake on economic growth. He also thinks it is against the US constitution, which states that copyright should be 'limited'. The original limit has been extended from 14 to 70 years after the death of the creator, and Prof Lessig points out that one of the main corporations that lobbied for this, Disney, cut its creative teeth by raiding the public domain for works from Snow White to the Hunchback of Notre Dame. If the current term for copyright had existed then, it might have suffocated Mickey Mouse at birth."