Lessig on Campaign Finance

Students in all of my fall courses–Intro to Law, Internet Law, and Privacy Law–have expressed alarm about SOPA. They ask where it came from, who is pushing for it, why it has gotten so much congressional support. The long answer involves copyright owners, actors, musicians, concern over the effect of copyright piracy on U.S. jobs, consumer tolerance or support of file-sharing, the public debate about Free Culture versus the legal protections of copyright law. The short answer involves elections and money, specifically the corrosive effect of campaign contributions on the political process–which drew Larry Lessig’s attention as he pursued his post-Free Culture intellectual path.

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  2. Anand Brahmbhatt

    From everything this semester including the different laws online… there seems to be the common theme of free speech as an amendment right. It’s what causes the debates for cyber-bullying legislation as I’ve encountered while doing research for my research paper– it’s the reason that so there’s so much flexibility in the courts. What people have to say is important, and it matters, and it should not be kept private. I’ve always never appreciated enough this liberty until I learned just this semester about how controversial it makes certain things. I appreciate the right more now, and the implications of it. I went and saw your other article about privacy online and making ISP liable to check everything— that’s not possible at all. That means every time someone raises a red flag on something, it becomes something that’s easier to take down than to figure out if it’s permissible or not. That’d suck for companies like Facebook even. 

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