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Free Culture (book)

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Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity (published in paperback as Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity) is a 2004 book by law professor Lawrence Lessig that was released on the Internet under the Creative Commons Attribution/Non-commercial license on March 25, 2004. This book documents how copyright power has expanded substantially since 1974 in five critical dimensions: *duration (from 32 to 95 years), *scope (from publishers to virtually everyone), *reach (to every view on a computer), *control (including "derivative works" defined so broadly that virtually any new content could be sued by some copyright holder as a "derivative work" of something), and *concentration and integration of the media industry. It also documents how this industry has successfully used the legal system to limit competition to the major media corporations through legal action against:
  • College students for close to $100 billion, bec
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