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Blogger Book Club: Shot Across the Bow

By Matthew Guerrieri I'll concur up front with Lessig's underlying argumentative framework: that copyright law, in its current state, is onerous and impractical, and that using the courts to determine IP licensing guidelines is ham-fisted and counterproductive. There were two things, though, that I kept thinking while reading the book. They're kind of related. The first has to do with Lessig's whole idea that we need to decriminalize read/write culture--remixing, amateur mash-ups, … [Read more...]

Blogger Book Club: Opening Salvo

By Marc GeelhoedI want to get behind Lessig's credo, and make it easier and legal for everyone everywhere to have access to all cultural artifacts and use them as they see fit, for free. If for no other reason than not everyone can afford to buy every song they want, or every book, they ought to be able to get them and digest them and be fulfilled by everything they want. I get that. But I've got a couple problems with Lessig's thesis, mainly stemming from how he frames the past and present, but … [Read more...]

Blogger Book Club: Drinking the Kool-Aid

I've been impressed by Lawrence Lessig's public speaking and am a fan of his work on projects such as Creative Commons. Still, I didn't want to drink the Kool-Aid on his book before I'd even cracked the cover, so I tried to start in a defensive position. Knowing full well that I am a reader easily seduced by tidy arguments and good writing, I proceeded from graph to graph with caution.    Extra Credit Lessig at the NY Pubic Library Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the … [Read more...]

Blogger Book Club: Shelf Empowerment

Some books just insist that you take the topic beyond the page, and so this week I'm super excited to inaugurate Blogger Book Club here at Mind the Gap. First off the shelf for discussion is the sure-to-stir-debate Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig. Once upon a time I heard the name Lawrence Lessig mentioned during a panel at a publishing conference, and a room full of adults actually hissed in response. Who was this beast? As it turned out, he was a … [Read more...]

Blogger Book Club: T Minus Seven

We're only one week away from Blogger Book Club! About a month ago, I asked a few busy music thinkers if they'd be into reading Lawrence Lessig's latest tome Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, and then publicly discussing it here with me on Mind the Gap. They graciously agreed, we've done our homework, and next Monday we'll get this party started. I think I know how Oprah feels. If you haven't read the book/aren't familiar with Lessig's work, check out this clip from … [Read more...]

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