Free culture

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The idea of Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture is how we are in a tradition of “free” as in “free speech,” “free markets,” “free trade,” free enterprise,” and “free will.” A free culture supports and protects creators and innovators through intellectual property rights. These property rights protect the creator by controlling follow-up creators and limiting them. It is important to understand this notion to fully appreciate free culture because with this understanding, we might resist it, especially with the internet. Piracy laws and ownership laws are hindering our free culture. Lessig describes the difficulties when dealing with piracy and how open –ended the rules have been traditionally. Lessig points out that piracy has survived generation to generation, and that only now are we trying to stop it. Thus, a new question arises, should we stop it? Who owns the internet has been, and continues to be a major problem with free culture. We do not know how to accurately answer these questions and should not attempt to institute regulation laws that would solve them. Show why regulation of culture is needed and show how it does any good. Until then, keep the lawyers away.

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