Copyright and the future of creativity

As a podcast, new media producer, user generated content provider — however you want to label it — I’ve always felt driven to create a free alternative to the copyright controlled world of Big Media companies, such as Viacom. It has been my intent to entertain without selling anything more than a keyhole view of my life experiences or the vanity of my creative expression. I tend lean toward an ideology of open source culture. It is my belief that money is not the paramount motivational factor that drives an artist to create works of art. The contrary has been the argument of major media companies for the escalating inforcement and strengthing of copyright laws. They say musicians would stop playing music if pirates plundered away all their potential income. Then what of history’s “starving artists”? Why did Van Gogh continue to paint when he could barely afford bread? Why do rock bands continue their cross-country bar gigs in a rickety old van? So that one day the powerful star-makers might give them their lucky breaks; fame and fortune in the courts of the media kings. This is why Van Gogh cut his ear off. The madness of it all. Our culture has become the property of fat landlords and we the peasant serfs of copyright feudalism. Revolution is on the rise. The consumers now have the means of production at their fingertips. This is the modern battle between the proletariat and the bourgeois. Hopefully no blood will be shed. The future of creativity is now. Will it become a complete dystopia? Watch this presentation…
Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law

About this Talk

Larry Lessig gets TEDsters to their feet, whooping and whistling, following this elegant presentation of “three stories and an argument.” The Net’s most adored lawyer brings together John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights, and the “ASCAP cartel” to build a case for creative freedom. He pins down the key shortcomings of our dusty, pre-digital intellectual property laws, and reveals how bad laws beget bad code. Then, in an homage to cutting-edge artistry, he throws in some of the most hilarious remixes you’ve ever seen.

About Larry Lessig

Stanford professor Larry Lessig is one of our foremost authorities on copyright issues. In a time when “content” is not confined to a film canister, Lessig has a vision for reconciling creative freedom with marketplace competition.

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