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How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law by Lawrence Lessig

How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law

by Lawrence Lessig


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Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig has been advocating reduced legal restrictions on copyright and trademark for years now. He starts this TED talk by quoting American composer John Philip Sousa who argued against music players because he felt that they would ruin artistic development in the young since they would not sing the songs of the day but rather listen to these "infernal machines" and just become consumers of music. Lessig feels that throughout much of the 20th century Sousa was right, but that with the arrival the digital age, the new technologies have made way for more and more amateurs to become creators. While the youth are busy remixing the culture of the day, the copyright law in America has not adapted to these new creations and has turned these amateurs in criminals. Lessig argues for new sorts of copyright that allow for simple ways to allow for this new creative expression. This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 audio download from TED.com.

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Hands Off My Creativity
Reviewer maxine
 June 10, 2014
Creativity is a virtue that every man possesses, but only a few value it. There used to be a time when the creative were worshipped. Now those creative minds have become bullies, selfish and possessive. They hardly care about reaching out to the audience they make the content for. They are, more often than not, concerned and occupied with making big bucks for themselves and are always ready to obliterate whoever comes in the way of them and their money. They have influences much higher up the political chain. They buy politicians at ease and impose huge lawsuits for fun. Having said that, there are a lot of creative minds on the web space that do remixing by taking two of more contents and coming up with an entirely new content. This requires skills and hard work. However, the attitude of creators of original content and the law is quite deteriorating of these creative heads. Larry Lessig is one of the leading experts of law who understands this dilemma and shares his opinion rather openly. This TED talk is a must watch for all those creative heads out there.

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