Free culture? Read-only vs. read/write.

“The fight for free culture is harder than the fight for free software. There were no laws against free software, but there are laws that essentially block free culture,” Lessig said.

In Lessig’s view of the world, lawyers, lobbyists and politicians are building a world of “read only” cultural content. It’s “culture that, like potato chips, is to be consumed, not created,” he said. In contrast, the Internet is fostering “read-write” content that is collaboratively produced and remixed by groups of people exchanging information.

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