Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Moving from a Read-Only Culture

Translated into Turkish by Zorbay Cetin
Reviewed by osman oguz ahsen
I found this interesting lecture by Harvard professor Larry Lessig. Here he discusses the problems with attempting to copyright all creative expression and why it is foolish and bound to fail.

It is technology that has made them different, and as we see what this technology can do we need to recognize you can't kill the instinct the technology produces; we can only criminalize it. We can't stop our kids from using it; we can only drive it underground. We can't make our kids passive again; we can only make them, quote, "pirates." And is that good? We live in this weird time, it's kind of age of prohibitions, where in many areas of our life, we live life constantly against the law.Ordinary people live life against the law, and that's what I -- we -- are doing to our kids. They live life knowing they live it against the law. That realization is extraordinarily corrosive, extraordinarily corrupting. And in a democracy we ought to be able to do better.
I have added a Turkish translation because I am sure my Turkish kardeslerim will find it very interesting.

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