When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place.
Keynote address at the "One Planet, One Net" symposium sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (10 October 1998)
We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, "God, what a nut."Lawrence Lessig
You can't incent a dead person. No matter what we do, Hawthorne will not produce any more works, no matter how much we pay him.Lawrence Lessig
I believe it would be right for common sense to revolt against the extreme claims made today on behalf of "intellectual property." What the law demands today is increasingly as silly as a sheriff arresting an airplane for trespass. But the consequences of this silliness will be much more profound.Lawrence Lessig
Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property. Notwithstanding the fact that the most innovative and progressive space we've seen — the Internet — has been the place where intellectual property has been least respected. You know, facts don't get in the way of this ideology.Lawrence Lessig