Internet Law Program--Yochai Benkler and Larry Lessig on Current Legal Controversies in the US

Various authors, Corante, Mar 26, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Nice discussion between Lawrence Lessig and Yochai Benkler on current debates in copyright. As he becomes more experienced in the debates, Lessig is becoming more sensitive to the issue of how the selection of words such as 'property' influences our perception of the debate. "IP should be limited by fair use. IP is not real property. We live in a culture that cannot make this distinction. This is an infection that is spreading around the world." We see this a lot. What's the difference between the words "collaboration" and "cooperation"? A world of difference. In meetings (such as the ones I have been attending the last few days here in Toronto) I frequently express concern about such minor differences. But on a single word can rest a lifetime of futile argumentation and debate, as the copyright issues show us.
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