Do Intellectual Property Rights Hinder Creativity or Protect the Creator?

Larry Lessig – Professor of Law at Stanford Law School presents arguments for limited control to the creator and then advocates to “let that content live freely for people to develop and transform as they want.”

He draws his arguments from his interpretation of the original intent of the Constitution of the United States and goes on to say, “Jefferson said that nature made it so. Nature has made it so that you can’t capture and idea and bottle it up.”

He also states, “We don’t make public policy depend on what’s in the interest of particular people. We make public policy turn on what’s in the interest of society as a whole.”

Current copyright laws could use revising in order to move them more to the “centre” of the freedom and protection values continuum.


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