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

Kirkus Reviews

"Lessig offers a timely polemic against the sterilization of cyberspace. Part manifesto, part jeremiad, but all essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of creative freedom in cyberspace."
Kirkus Reviews

"[A] highly readable and deeply engaging sequel to his Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace....It is as good a history of the development of Internet architecture as one is likely to find in a book without pictures. It is also an extraordinarily skillful interweaving of technical characterization and legal argument. And it is a story well told, with a fair balance of clever aside and clear purpose. "

"Internet Liberation Theology," Marc Rotenberg,, November 7, 2001

Fast Company

"The Future of Ideas examines the legal, regulatory, and economic environments that are emerging to corral the exuberant spirit of the Internet. It's about the past, present, and future of intellectual property, with an original idea at its core: a call for the creation of a 'public commons' in the digital realm. Anyone with a stake in creating a smarter way to do business needs to read it."

"Ideas Rule! (But Who Rules Ideas?)," Polly Labarre, Fast Company Must Read, Issue 54

"[Lessig] eloquently and persuasively ... suggests practical solutions that consider the rights of both creators and consumers, while acknowledging the serious impact of new technologies on old ways of doing business.....Readers who want a fair intellectual marketplace would do well to absorb the lessons in The Future of Ideas."

Editorial Review, Rob Lightner,

Publisher's Weekly

"Some of Lessig's sweeping proposals are sure to spark a lively debate, but his well-reasoned, clearly written argument is powerful....Lessig has authored another landmark book for the digital age. "

Publisher's Weekly


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