Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Larry Lessig moves on to pastures new


Prof. Larry Lessig, rockstar lawyer and founder of Creative Commons, just announced that he is moving on to a new set of issues away from the copyright work that made him famous.

As for Lilian, Lessig has been a huge influence on my own (academic and campaigning) work. His books Code and The Future of Ideas were an enormous inspiration to me. His legendary speeches and presentations, from obscure academic conferences to EU and WIPO conflabs on the future of copyright regimes, continue to mark him out as the best public speaker I have ever come across. And on a human level he has remained friendly and approachable despite his now-global fame.

I hope he is as successful in reforming US politics away from its addiction to dollars as he has been in shifting the international debate on intellectual property law.

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