In one of the most important and interesting debates of the year on the future of the Internet, digital content and related issues, Stanford Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig and Progress & Freedom Foundation Senior Fellow James DeLong discussed the Free Culture Movement at a March 25, 2004 National Press Club lunch.
Sponsored by the Foundation's Center for the Study of Digital Property, which DeLong directs, the Lessig-DeLong debate is an outgrowth of the duo's recent blog exchanges. Lessig, author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace and The Future of Ideas is the intellectual leader of the Free Culture Movement. DeLong, author of Property Matters , is one of the Movement's most outspoken skeptics. Foundation President Raymond Gifford, a former Lessig law student at the University of Chicago, moderated the exchange.
"Larry Lessig and Jim DeLong may be near opposites on copyright, open source and other legal and economic issues affecting the future of the Internet. But there are congruities too, not the least of which is each man's depth of understanding and originality of thought. Free Culture Movement disciples and skeptics, as well as policymakers and the media, will benefit from this exchange."
Lessig's new book, which was released on March 25, 2004, Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity, will be discussed. Previously, Lessig spoke at the Foundation's annual Aspen Summit.
The Progress & Freedom Foundation
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the impact of the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1993.