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How creativity is being strangled by the law: Larry Lessig on TED.com

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Larry Lessig gets TEDsters to their feet, whooping and whistling, for 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. (This talk, like all TED.com’s content, is licensed under Creative Commons — which Larry created.) (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Duration: 19:07.)

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