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Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence "Larry" Lessig (born June 3, 1961) is an American academic and political activist. He is a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications, and he has called for state-based activism to promote substantive reform of government with a Second Constitutional Convention.[1] In May 2014, he launched a crowd-funded political action committee which he termed Mayday PAC with the purpose of electing candidates to Congress who would pass campaign finance reform.[2] Lessig is director of the Edmond J. Academic career[edit] Interview with Lawrence Lessig in 2009 Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, Lessig grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and earned a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Management (Wharton School) from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Cambridge (Trinity) in England, and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1989. Political activism[edit] Golan v.

Joe Biden: There's No Reason To Treat Intellectual Property Any Different Than Tangible Property Ah, Joe Biden. Is there nothing about intellectual property that he can't get wrong? Variety has an interview with the Vice President on intellectual property issues, and while there's nothing new, it's like a compendium of wrong or misleading statements. It's no wonder the entertainment industry so loves him. There's no lie or misrepresentation he won't repeat. "Look, piracy is outright theft," Biden said. First, "piracy" is not "outright theft." He is quick to say that he considers it more than a problem of just the entertainment industry. Biden may be even worse than John Morton at this conflation game. "Virtually every American company that manufactures something is getting killed by counterfeiters: clothing, software, jewelry, tires," Biden said. Getting killed? Besides, if we're really saying that copying ideas and passing them off as your own is "theft" and should be punished the same as "theft" of tangible goods, shouldn't Joe Biden be in jail? Oh come on!

Ten songs stolen by politicians 24 September 2010Last updated at 13:28 By Cat Koo BBC News Swedish band Abba is suing a Danish anti-immigration party for using their song, Mama Mia in a rally. The youth wing of the party sang the song, changing its lyrics to suit their far-right agenda. But the Swedish legends are by no means the only musicians to object to politicians using their work. Earlier this year, the British Conservative Party used the rock group's 2004 hit in their election campaign. Singer Tim Booth complained about the use of the band's song at a Labour Party Conference in 2008. French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party used the smash single by indie band MGMT at its national congress, and in two online videos, in 2009. The incident happened a week before the French parliament considered a law put forward by Mr Sarkozy's party to crack down on online piracy. • Jackson Browne sued Mr McCain for the use of Running on Empty.

'Digital Barbarism' Wages Online Copyright Battle Sticky Knowledge and Copyright Legal issues with BitTorrent In general, a BitTorrent file can be seen as a hyperlink. However, it can also be a very specific instruction of how to obtain something on the internet. BitTorrent files may also transmit or include illegal or copyrighted content. Court decisions in various nations have in fact deemed some BitTorrent files illegal. Complicating the legal analysis are jurisdictional issues that are common when nation states attempt to regulate any activity on the Internet. BitTorrent files and links can be accessed in different geographic locations and legal jurisdictions. Copyright enforcement[edit] Numerous law enforcement raids and legal actions have led to the closure of several BitTorrent related websites since 2004. Finland: Finreactor[edit] In December 2004, the Finnish police raided a major BitTorrent site, Finreactor.[3][4] Seven system administrators and four others were ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of euros in damages. Hong Kong: Individual actions[edit] Slovenia: Suprnova[edit]

What is Intellectual Property? Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is protected in law by, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest, the IP system aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish. What is IP? Intellectual property Intellectual property (IP) rights are the legally recognized exclusive rights to creations of the mind.[1] Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. Common types of intellectual property rights include copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights, trade dress, and in some jurisdictions trade secrets. Although many of the legal principles governing intellectual property rights have evolved over centuries, it was not until the 19th century that the term intellectual property began to be used, and not until the late 20th century that it became commonplace in the majority of the world.[2] The British Statute of Anne (1710) and the Statute of Monopolies (1624) are now seen as the origins of copyright and patent law respectively.[3] History[edit] Types[edit] Patents[edit] Copyright[edit] Morality[edit]

Copyright Act (1790)  Introduction This is a digital archive of primary sources on copyright from the invention of the printing press (c. 1450) to the Berne Convention (1886) and beyond. The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded the initial phase (completed in 2008) focusing on key materials from Renaissance Italy (Venice, Rome), France, the German speaking countries, Britain and the United States. We are now adding materials from other countries. For each of the geographical zones/jurisdictions, a national editor has taken responsibility for selecting, sourcing, transcribing, translating and commenting documents. The national editors’ brief was to limit the selection to 50 core documents for Germany, France, Britain and Spain, and to 20 core documents for Italy and the US (these covering only a shorter period). The national editors are Detailed information about our methodological approach may be found in the FAQ section. General Editors, Primary Sources on Copyright Copyright statement

Calisphere - Early Advertising Questions to Consider What do these early ads reveal about American culture during the early 20th century? How are today's ads different from these older ones? Which brands have survived? About the Images The modern advertising industry really began in the early 1900s. Overview The promotion of products, particularly national brands, began to become more prevalent in the early 1900s. Photographs of displays from the Westwood Hardware and Furniture Store in 1936 advertise kitchen stoves and camps stoves from Coleman; and Dr. California was linked with oranges for decades, thanks to early promotion by fruit producers. As the United States entered World War II, it sponsored advertising promoting behavior, ideas, and nationalistic sentiments. California Content Standards English-Language Arts Grade 4: 1.0 Writing Strategies: Research and Technology 2.0 Writing Applications 2.3 Write information reports. 2.0 Speaking Applications 2.2 Make informational presentations. Grade 8: Grade 10: Grade 11:

Jarvis Coffin: Reports of the Death of Advertising Are Exaggerated Over at Jeff Jarvis has been speculating on the decline of advertising in a one-to-one world linking consumers with marketers. Google presumably makes this possible. Social networking presumably makes this possible. Rumors of the death of advertising are driven as well by the fact that advertising grew so pervasive and intrusive off-line that skipping commercials became a business, starting with the remote control, then the VCR, then TiVo, Napster, the iPod, etc. Here's my take: nothing is dying. As an industry we have discussed that changes may have to be made by some of those inheritors in order to carry on their legacy. Now it is important, however, to come to terms with the significant role that advertising has played in the survival skills of media through the years. Well, Jeff Jarvis and others are speculating this may not be true. Can it be advertising by this or any other name if it is not so insistent and demanding? Bad idea. I don't know how Mr.

Vance Packard Vance Packard (May 22, 1914 – December 12, 1996) was an American journalist, social critic, and author. Life and career[edit] He was born in Granville Summit, Pennsylvania, to Philip J. Packard and Mabel Case Packard. About 1940, he became a reporter for the Associated Press and in 1942, joined the staff of The American Magazine as a section editor, later becoming a staff writer. The Hidden Persuaders[edit] Vance Packard's book The Hidden Persuaders, about media manipulation in the 1950s, sold more than a million copies. In The Hidden Persuaders, first published in 1957, Packard explores the use of consumer motivational research and other psychological techniques, including depth psychology and subliminal tactics, by advertisers to manipulate expectations and induce desire for products, particularly in the American postwar era. Publications[edit] References[edit] [edit] Jump up ^ Gordon Di Renzo (1958) The American Catholic Sociological Review, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Dec., 1958) (Review)

Culture Wars Feature Article: Torches of Freedom The Torches of Freedom Campaign: Behaviorism, Advertising, and the Rise of the American EmpirePart 3 of a 3 part article originally published in the April-June 1999 issues of Culture Wars magazine, and exerpted from Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation and Political Control (South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 1999), available from Fidelity Press. by E. Michael Jones, Ph.D. Torches of Freedom On March 31, 1929, a woman by the name of Bertha Hunt stepped into the throng of pedestrians in their Sunday-best clothing marching down Fifth Avenue in what was known in New York as the Easter Parade, and created a sensation by lighting up a Lucky Strike cigarette. Eddie Bernays, whose wife belonged to the Lucy Stone League, which argued that women should be able to keep their own (i.e., their father’s) names after marriage, was a fervent feminist, but his was a feminism with an ulterior motive. At Bernays’ suggestion, Hill paid for a consulting session with the Psychoanalyst A.A. John B.

No Logo by Naomi Klein (part I) 'As a private person, I have a passion for landscape, and I have never seen one improved by a billboard. Where every prospect pleases, man is at his vilest when he erects a billboard. When I retire from Madison Avenue, I am going to start a secret society of masked vigilantes who will travel around the world on silent motor bicycles, chopping down posters at the dark of the moon. David Ogilvy, founder of the Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency, in Confessions of an Advertising Man, 1963 The astronomical growth in the wealth and cultural influence of multi-national corporations over the last fifteen years can arguably be traced back to a single, seemingly innocuous idea developed by management theorists in the mid-1980s: that successful corporations must primarily produce brands, as opposed to products. And so the wave of mergers in the corporate world over the last few years is a deceptive phenomenon: it only looks as if the giants, by joining forces, are getting bigger and bigger.