How Creativity is being strangled by the law

The following presentation was given at TED by Larry Lessig, author of Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity. I am still processing what he said, but he does make some good points. The presentation is about 20 minutes, and includes the 1-minute Jesus “I Will Survive” remix, and the George Bush/Tony Blair remix, which may offend.

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Amazon has the following description of the book, which has some similar themes to the presentation:

Lawrence Lessig, “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era” (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and can’t do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our freedom to imagine.