Wednesday, April 13, 2005


The professor takes the stand

GRANTVILLE, Penn. -- Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford University law professor and one of the philosopher kings of Internet law, tagged The Elvis of Cyberlaw, will be the sole guest on the April 14 edition of Cotolo Chronicles at 9 p.m. EST.

A top show among podcasters and one of the Internet’s most popular talk programs, Cotolo Chronicles is based at Ampcast dot com and heard live on a slew of Internet radio stations, as well as it is rebroadcast on stations the weekend following the live show—a list of stations is available at .

Professor Lessig has become a must-heard voice for a confused community of Web participants dealing with creativity on the stage of the new technology. His legal-leaning view of copyrights in this new territory launched his association with Creative Commons, a project to build a layer of flexible copyrights in the face of increasingly restrictive default rules.

Professor Lessig says the decision to outlaw downloading would have a profoundly inhibiting effect on the creation of culture. He said that in every instance, from the player piano to radio to VCRs to cable, the law had landed on the side of the alleged "pirates," allowing for the copying or broadcasting of cultural works for private consumption.

“Our program,” says Chronicles host Frank Cotolo, “has been a lone voice on the Web for many of the causes in which the professor campaigns. He is an essential character in the new arena of creative forces and everyone should read his books.”

Free Culture--How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity is one of his books and is available for free under a Creative Commons license. Once you download the book, you may redistribute, copy, or otherwise reuse/remix this book provided that you do so for non-commercial purposes and credit Professor Lessig.

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