Lawrence Lessig took time out from new projects to publish a thought-provoking essay in the Wall Street Journal this weekend. He examines how the "war" on copyright piracy has collaterally damaged remix culture and even undermined the rule of law. He makes five suggestions for changing the law to bring it in line with current social and technological realities:
- Deregulate amateur remix
- Deregulate "the copy"
- Restore efficiency
- Decriminalize Gen-X
Nothing revolutionary, but Professor Lessig's essay is noteworthy as a reminder to restore some sanity to debates about copyright law.