The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.
"His considered analysis of the complex issues at stake, the nature of new technologies, and the history of communications law is...exhaustive."
Street Cred, John Glassie, Wired Magazine, November 2001
"[A] breath of fresh air in a crowded field where most authors would rather shout than talk....a fund of clear, clean, useful information....This book is a public service."
The Computer World, Inside and Out, David Gelernter, New York Times, December 12, 2001
"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. "
"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."
Control Versus Freedom on the Web, Los Angeles Times, Zachary Karabell, December 6, 2001
"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...."
The Future of Ideas, Slashdot.org, December 4, 2001
"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...."
Idea Killers, Business Week, Timothy J. Mullaney, December 10, 2001
"Lessig summarizes with scholarly detail the war waged by the interests of corporate control on behalf of corporate profits against the physical, logical and content layers of the Internet."
The Cook Report, January 2002