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Taking the Copyright Fight Into A New Arena

Publication Date: 
July 02, 2007
The New York Times
Noam Cohen

In this article Noam Cohen of the New York Times discusses why Professor Lawrence Lessig is changing course and devoting more time to corruption in politics. Professor Lessig is quoted extensively:

Mr. Lessig explained his decision to leave the copyright arena, in an interview from Berlin, in terms of his professional life. “Do I want to be known for having a career for doing one thing in my life?” he said.


Mr. Lessig argues that the founders had a balanced view of commerce and creation, allowing Congress to impose copyrights “for limited times.” Gradually, that view has lost out to the mantra of intellectual property, as in “this is my creation and you can’t have it.” Not now, anyway.


Mr. Lessig addressed in his blog his frustration with a political system that he sees as unshakably in support of longer copyright terms so obviously against the public interest.

“Why? The answer is a kind of corruption of the political process,” he wrote, explaining that he does not define corruption in the simplest terms of bribery but that “in the U.S., listening to money is the only way to secure re-election.”