NY Times

"[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

The Nation

"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. "

LA Times

"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,, December 4, 2001

Business Week

"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

Cook Report

"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

Columbus Dispatch

"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

FindLaw's Writ

"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.

Washington Monthly

"[A]n extremely important book that should be widely read in Washington, particularly given the importance of the government's role in regulating telecom industries and how little most politicians understand technology. "

"Gofer Broke," Nicholas Thompson, Washington Monthly, November 2001

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Lessig's thesis (called "the 'Silent Spring' of ideas" by one admirer) is timely, tough-minded and cogently argued. It should be of great interest both to those in the tech elite and the rest of us affected by their decisions."

Season's Readings: Choice books, John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 19, 2001


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