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Free Culture: The limited but essential role of property in building an environment for creativity

Tuesday, 28 October – 8:30-10:00

Larry Lessig, Stanford University, lessig@pobox.com

This talk will sketch the boundaries of protection that intellectual property law should set, but argue that extremism has now defeated these limits. The consequence is an environment within which modular creativity is increasingly constrained.


Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society. He is one of the country's leading commentators on legal aspects of new communications technologies and cyberspace. He is Professor of Law and founder and executive director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Professor Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, law and high technology, Internet regulation, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace.

He is the author of many influential publications about cyberlaw and cyberspace, including two books: The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World (2001) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999).