Lawrence Lessig “Code is law”

Lawrence Lessig is an American academic and activist. He is a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright and trademark particularly in technology applications.

Lessig started his career at the University of Chicago Law School and is now the director of the Edmond J, Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

In 1999 Lawrence published a book entitled “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace”

The idea put across in this book was that computer coding now largely dictates how copyright works and what can be reproduced and used. hence the notation “code is law”. The book argued that cyberspace not only changes the technology of copying but also the power of law to protect against illegal copying. 

Lessig has called for limiting copyright terms for creative professionals for 5 years. Image

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