For the uninitiated, Larry Lessig is the outspoken and controversial former Stanford Law School Professor, and current director of Edmond J Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard, who is a leading voice for opposing artists rights on the Internet as expressed by the protections afforded in copyright law.
The two links below illustrate in painstaking detail just how far Larry Lessig (directly and indirectly) will go to be proven wrong. The first in Eldred v. Ashcroft and then again in Golan v. Holder.
ABA Journal – The Education of Larry Lessig.
From Eldred to Golan: The Traditional Contours Test.
Lessig writes of his public defeat in The Nation:
…the Supreme Court shut the door, finally and firmly, on any opportunity to meaningfully challenge a copyright statute constitutionally.
Read that again, Lessig was arguing on the grounds of the constitutionally of copyright… uhm… good luck with that. Then compare to a recent lecture Lessig gave to a high school class where he told students that he lost Eldred for “silly, stupid reasons” — because anyone who disagrees with him is silly and stupid? Surely he didn’t mean that his “reasons” in Eldred were silly or stupid?
So for those of you keeping score at home that makes it Copyright two, Lessig zero. It’s pretty simple math.
Also ironically it’s Lessig who is against money buying influence in politics but it is his causes that are being funded by a variety of major corporate interests, especially Google and offshore gambling interests. That’s right–the same Google who is spending record money lobbying on capital hill–you know, what Politico calls “ambassadors to the Hill”, at least when it’s a tech company lobbying. Yet another case of “do unto thee, but not unto me.”
But the thing that is most interesting to us, is how Lessig suggests that anyone opposed to his views–especially the hated “Hollywood”–should just “get over it“, but yet he and his Google-financed interest groups seem prepared to outspend anyone on their tireless crusade against artists rights.
We think Larry should buy a guitar and “get over it”, it’s more fun on our side.
see also : Musicians For An Ethical Internet
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