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Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

Publication Date: 
November 01, 2008
Library Journal Reviews
Jim Hahn

JLibrary Journal reviews Professor Lawrence Lessig's new book: Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy:

Lessig (law, Stanford Univ. Law Sch.; Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity ) assesses America's copyright laws in the context of online content, e.g., the Read Only (R/O) and Read/Write (R/W) transmission and production of artistic and cultural content. Read Only characterized the passive transmission of culture through the 1900s, while Read/Write has characterized the production of culture in the 19th century-and, now, the late 20th and early 21st centuries-allowing for active and collective making and remaking of content. Jumping into the copyright morass, Lessig promulgates a hybrid model, set within the context of both a sharing economy and a commercial economy, whereby sharing communities can be augmented with commercial designs. In the end, he argues for a future in which all three models exist.