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"Lessig is one of the brightest minds grappling with the consequences of the digital world today, as deft and original with technical intricacies as he is with broad legal theory....The Future of Ideas succeeds marvelously at its primary task, which is to persuade the reader of the virtues of a balance between control and freedom in this new world, and of the importance of understanding how technological changes can unintentionally alter that balance. " Read more » about The Nation
"Lessig is a clear writer who is able to convey complicated concepts in simple prose. The book, however, is rich with examples and subtleties about everything from the design of the Web to patent law to intellectual property issues."
"The ideas in it should not be unfamiliar -- Lessig is hardly the only one espousing this point of view today, though he is one of the most articulate. The final chapters have Lessig's suggestions for ways to reverse this trend of quashing innovation....Smart money is on Lessig. Strongly Recommended...."
"Stanford Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig's concerns are specific and timely: He believes that the Internet and the innovation wave it spawned face problems far more serious than a stock market dip. He's right, of course...."
"Alas, Lessig more pointedly says, the architecture of cyberspace is being challenged, legally and technically, so that the Net is in danger of being perilously stifled by a trend toward control. As media giants seek further to integrate their companies vertically, the freedoms of the Net can be further eroded, he claims."
Internet Controls Needed But Risk of Stifling Freedoms Exists, Columbus Dispatch, December 3, 2001 Read more » about Columbus Dispatch
"An incredible resource for anyone who wishes to grapple with the difficult intersection between private property and the public use of creativity on the Internet....Lessig's book provides a wake-up call. It reminds us that the expansion of property rights into the market for intellectual property on the Internet brings with it significant, negative side effects for society at large. The question of what the future of the Internet will look like, Lessig suggests, is really a question about the nature of freedom itself. Read more » about FindLaw's Writ