Lawrence Lessig: Rooting out Corruption in Politics: Complicity and Complacency by the Media – ibiblio March 4, 6:30-8:00pm UNC School of Law Rotunda The Fourth Estate: What is journalism’s role, and where has it been in the face of outside interestes influencing the way our government is run? Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig will speak at the UNC Law School about how we can restore the faith that journalism is a trustworthy watchdog of government. For more information visit the UNC Center for Media Law
Watch : Everything Is a Remix Lessig Blog, v2 On Tuesday, Berkeley City Council adopted unanimously an ordinance inspired by Councilman Max Anderson, and which I and Robert Post helped craft. I was very happy to bat cleanup in an effort that has been underway for years. But there’s some serious misunderstanding about the ordinance and its purpose. No doubt many of the people fighting for the ordinance have a firm belief that non-ionizing radiation presents a significant and underappreciated health risk. Those people believe this for different reasons. These are all people who believe there is a risk that is not yet acknowledged. I am not a scientist. Indeed, as I said in the opening of my testimony, and as Councilmembers Anderson and Kriss Worthington said in their testimony, this ordinance is not about that scientific debate. Because in fact, there are existing safety recommendations for cellphone use. Those safety recommendations advise consumers not to carry their cell phone against their body. This is a very minimal requirement.
Google Takes On Facebook With New Social Network Google+ Students for Free Culture La sérendipité est-elle un mythe ? La lecture de la semaine, il s’agit d’un article paru le 27 novembre dernier dans TechCrunch, sous la plume de Henry Nothaft, qui est le co-fondateur d’une entreprise qui développe un assistant personnel virtuel pour les contenus Web. Ce papier s’intitule « Le mythe de la sérendipité ». Selon l’auteur, un des concepts les plus intéressants ayant émergé ces derniers temps dans les médias et les nouvelles technologies est celui de sérendipité. Voici comment il définit le terme de sérendipité : « le fait de montrer aux gens ce qu’ils n’étaient pas conscients de chercher ». Image : pour Google, Serendipity est un film, une romance de 2001 signée Peter Chelsom avec Kate Beckinsale et John Cusack. L’auteur remarque l’utilisation tous azimuts de cette notion de sérendipité, tout le monde s’en réclamant. Pour en revenir à la notion de sérendipité, Nothaft reprend une définition donnée par Jeff Jarvis qui la réduit à une « pertinence inattendue ». Je trouve ce texte assez incroyable.
Free Culture (book) Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity (published in paperback as Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity) is a 2004 book by law professor Lawrence Lessig that was released on the Internet under the Creative Commons Attribution/Non-commercial license (by-nc 1.0) on March 25, 2004. duration (from 32 to 95 years),scope (from publishers to virtually everyone),reach (to every view on a computer),control (including "derivative works" defined so broadly that virtually any new content could be sued by some copyright holder as a "derivative work" of something), andconcentration and integration of the media industry. It also documents how this industry has successfully used the legal system to limit competition to the major media corporations through legal action against: This book is an outgrowth of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Eldred v. Free Culture covers the themes of Piracy and Property. "How free is this culture?"
New Rules for the New Internet Bubble Carpe Diem We’re now in the second Internet bubble. The signals are loud and clear: seed and late stage valuations are getting frothy and wacky, and hiring talent in Silicon Valley is the toughest it has been since the dot.com bubble. The rules for making money are different in a bubble than in normal times. First, to understand where we’re going, it’s important to know where we’ve been. Paths to Liquidity: a quick history of the four waves of startup investing. (If you can’t see the slide presentation above, click here.) If you “saw the movie” or know your startup history, and want to skip ahead click here. 1970 – 1995: The Golden AgeVC’s worked with entrepreneurs to build profitable and scalable businesses, with increasing revenue and consistent profitability – quarter after quarter. Startups needed millions of dollars of funding just to get their first product out the door to customers. The Business Plan (Concept-Alpha-Beta–FCS) became the playbook for startups. Lessons Learned