Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Bizarre Guardian interview with Lawrence Lessig

Louise Ferguson spotted this bizarre interview with Lawrence Lessig in yesterday's Guardian. I've written to the letters page as follows:

Sir — John Sutherland's interview with Lawrence Lessig (16 Jan) reads as though it was written by one of the rabid representatives of the US recording and movie industries. The Internet is an "anarchic" "wild west" populated by "rustlers". Weren't these clich├ęs out-of-date by the mid-90s?

I would have preferred to hear more about ways that authors can take advantage of the Internet using Lessig's Creative Commons licences, and less of Sutherland's surprisingly out-of-date views of the technology.

Dr Ian Brown
London

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