You may have never heard of this guy, but he is quickly becoming one of the most
important voices trying to defend our hallowed and beloved 1st Amendment rights from the
increasingly determined corporate lobbyists bent on maximizing their master's profits in
this digital age - free speech be damned. Lawrence Lessig is a Law Professor at Stanford
University and is the author of several well written and well received books on the
subject, including his latest The Future of Ideas.
Normally, I wouldn't bother posting a link to an internal Slashdot article as many PDJ
readers check the main page Slashdot daily. However, few, if any, venture back into the
dark and seedy readers comment sections, where it seems that the monkeys have taken
control of the zoo and there is so much poo throwing going on that the walls are
completely covered in shit. It is not a place for the faint of heart or for those
seeking to engage in rational discourse.
This article, however, (which was done in the typical Slashdot style of sending the
interviewee a list of the most highly moderated questions) proves that even the herds of
Slashdot can perform intelligent feats from time to time.
The questions are pertinent and topical and the responses are more then just interesting
but clearly cut to heart of the copyright vs free speech debate. It is a long article
for Slashdot (about 40k+) but definitely worth a read if you are at all interested in
intellectual property and the future of free expression in this increasingly digital