The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected by Lawrence Lessig

By Lawrence Lessig

The net revolution has come. a few say it has long gone. In the way forward for Ideas, Lawrence Lessig explains how the revolution has produced a counterrevolution of probably devastating strength and influence. Creativity as soon as flourished as the web secure a commons on which widest variety of innovators may scan. yet now, manipulating the legislations for his or her personal reasons, organizations have tested themselves as digital gatekeepers of the internet whereas Congress, within the wallet of media magnates, has rewritten copyright and patent legislation to stifle creativity and progress.

Lessig weaves the heritage of know-how and its suitable legislation to make a lucid and available case to guard the sanctity of highbrow freedom. He indicates how the door to a way forward for rules is being close simply as know-how is developing remarkable chances that experience implications for we all. important, eloquent, really apt and forthright, The way forward for Ideas is a choice to hands that we will be able to sick find the money for to disregard.

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47 Because of e2e, innovators know that they need not get the permission of anyone—neither AT&T nor the Internet itself—before they build a new application for the Internet. If an innovator has what he or she believes is a great idea for an application, he or she can build it without authorization from the network itself and with the assurance that the network can’t discriminate against it. At this point, you may be wondering, So what? It may be interesting (at least I hope you think this) to learn that the Internet has this feature; it is at least plausible that this feature induces a certain kind of innovation.

AT&T had an obligation to its stockholders; it had an obligation to the government to assure consistent quality service. It was simply acting to assure that it met both of these obligations—maximizing its profits for its shareholders while meeting its obligations to the government. But what’s good for AT&T is not necessarily good for America. What AT&T was doing may well have made sense for it; its vision of telecommunications may well have made sense for the interests it understood itself to be serving.

25 It controlled the wires; nothing but its technology could be attached, and no other system of telecommunications would be permitted. One company, through one research lab, with its vision of how communications should occur, decided. Innovation here, for this crucial aspect of modern economic life, was as this single organization would decide. Now again, the point is not that AT&T was evil. Indeed, quite the contrary. We get nowhere in understanding how systems of innovation work when we personify organizations and imagine them responsible for social goals.

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