Lawrence Lessig: What Conservatives Can Teach Us About Free Culture

Here’s one of the first videos to emerge from this week­end’s indie TED con­fer­ence in New York City. More videos will even­tu­al­ly be post­ed on the TEDxTalks YouTube Chan­nel, which we’re adding to our Smart YouTube col­lec­tion. In case you’re not famil­iar with him, Lawrence Lessig, a Har­vard law pro­fes­sor, has been a dri­ving force behind the “free cul­ture” move­ment and Cre­ative Com­mons. This talks offers a quick intro­duc­tion to his think­ing … and his dis­tinc­tive (and always engag­ing) man­ner of pre­sen­ta­tion.

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  • Thank you for the very eru­dite and enter­tain­ing pre­sen­ta­tion. I per­ceived Mr. Lessig’s mes­sage as bi-fold: first, there is his legal point regard­ing intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty; sec­ond, he empha­sizes the fact that nuanced ques­tions of law and ethics are eas­i­ly blurred by par­ti­san dog­ma in today’s polit­i­cal world. I’m look­ing for­ward to new work from NYC this year.

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