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Lessig, Lawrence
Remix : making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy / Lawrence Lessig
Alternate Title Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy
New York : Penguin Press, 2008
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 3rd Floor  KF3020 .L47 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Copyright -- Economic aspects -- United States
Copyright -- Neighboring rights -- Economic aspects -- United States
Copyright and electronic data processing -- Economic aspects -- United States
Cultural industries -- Law and legislation -- Economic aspects -- United States
Physical Description xxii, 327 p. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-318) and index
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- Part 1: Cultures -- 1: Cultures of our past -- RW culture versus RO culture -- Limits in regulation -- 2: Cultures of our future -- 3: RO, extended -- Nature remade -- Re-making nature -- Recoding us -- 4: RW, revived -- Writing beyond words -- Remixed: text -- Remixed: media -- Significance of remix -- Old in the new -- 5: Cultures compared -- Differences in value-and "values" -- Differences in value (as in $) -- Differences in value (as in "is it any good?") -- Differences in law (as in "is it allowed?") -- Lessons about cultures -- Part 2: Economies -- 6: Two economies: commercial and sharing -- Commercial economies -- Three successes from the Internet's commercial economy -- Three keys to these three successes -- Little brother -- Character of commercial success -- Sharing economies -- Internet sharing economies -- Paradigm case: Wikipedia -- Beyond Wikipedia -- What sharing economies share -- 7: Hybrid economies -- Paradigm case: free software -- Beyond free software -- 8: Economy lessons -- Parallel economies are possible -- Tools help signal which economy a creator creates for -- Crossover are growing -- Strong incentives will increasingly drive commercial entities to hybrids -- Perceptions of fairness will in part mediate the hybrid relationship between sharing and commercial economies -- Sharecropping is not likely to become a term of praise -- Hybrid can help us decriminalize youth -- Part 3: Enabling The Future -- 9: Reforming law -- 1: Deregulating amateur creativity -- 2: Clear title -- 3: Simplify -- 4: Decriminalizing the copy -- 5: Decriminalizing file sharing -- 10: Reforming us -- Chilling the control freaks -- Showing sharing -- Rediscovering the limits of regulation -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
Summary From the Publisher: The author of Free Culture shows how we harm our children-and almost anyone who creates, enjoys, or sells any art form-with a restrictive copyright system driven by corporate interests. Lessig reveals the solutions to this impasse offered by a collaborative yet profitable "hybrid economy". Lawrence Lessig, the reigning authority on intellectual property in the Internet age, spotlights the newest and possibly the most harmful culture war-a war waged against our kids and others who create and consume art. America's copyright laws have ceased to perform their original, beneficial role: protecting artists' creations while allowing them to build on previous creative works. In fact, our system now criminalizes those very actions. For many, new technologies have made it irresistible to flout these unreasonable and ultimately untenable laws. Some of today's most talented artists are felons, and so are our kids, who see no reason why they shouldn't do what their computers and the Web let them do, from burning a copyrighted CD for a friend to "biting" riffs from films, videos, songs, etc and making new art from them. Criminalizing our children and others is exactly what our society should not do, and Lessig shows how we can and must end this conflict-a war as ill conceived and unwinnable as the war on drugs. By embracing "read-write culture," which allows its users to create art as readily as they consume it, we can ensure that creators get the support-artistic, commercial, and ethical-that they deserve and need. Indeed, we can already see glimmers of a new hybrid economy that combines the profit motives of traditional business with the "sharing economy" evident in such Web sites as Wikipedia and YouTube. The hybrid economy will become ever more prominent in every creative realm-from news to music-and Lessig shows how we can and should use it to benefit those who make and consume culture. Remix is an urgent, eloquent plea to end a war that harms our children and other intrepid creative users of new technologies. It also offers an inspiring vision of the post-war world where enormous opportunities await those who view art as a resource to be shared openly rather than a commodity to be hoarded

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