Professor Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School:
“As we’ve seen, our constitutional system requires limits on copyright as a way to assure that copyright holders do not to heavily influence the development and distribution of our culture.”
“Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire, so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again.”
“In these times, the hardest task for social or political activists is to find a way to get people to wonder again about what we all believe is true. The challenge is to sow doubt.”
“If the internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they’re free for people to build upon as they see fit.”
“So uncritically do we accept the idea of property in culture that we don’t even question when the control of that property removes our ability, as a people, to develop our culture democratically.”
WB7: If you are looking for cogent reading on the subject of the role of intellectual property rights in a “wired democracy”, I recommend Professor Lessig’s writings. They can can be obtained readily online.