Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Lessig Reports from the World Social Forum on Copyright and Justice

"More than a hundred thousand had descended upon Porto Alegre, Brazil, to attend the World Social Forum, a conference intended to offer a progressive alternative to the much smaller, and much more famous, World Economic Forum meeting at Davos, Switzerland"
Lawrence Lessig was in Porto Alegre and defines in this article the relationship between social justice, free trade and copyright laws.
The core of Lessig's reasoning in the copyright debate: "Not only is the reach of the law dramatically larger because copyright now regulates all rather than a minority of work, but the effective scope of the law is dramatically larger because copyright regulates all uses rather than just some."

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