Lawrence Lessig REMIXED: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

By M. David Peterson
October 16, 2008

So the final "free culture"-oriented title from Lawrence Lessig has been released. Somewhat of a bitter-sweet mixture of emotion, of course, but that's basically the way life works. And you've got to savor the sweetness while the sweetness is available to savor.

And available it is:

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REMIX has been released. There's a site with stuff about it. There's a link to buy it on Amazon. And there's a page with reviews, including the one by L. Gordon Crovitz, former publisher of the Wall Street Journal.

So as has been the case [several] [times] in the past, I was one of the lucky ones able to be a part of the development and release of this titles related site, http://remix.lessig.org/, though 99.100% of the credit goes towards J. Chrisopher Garcia, the /brilliant/ artist responsible for the sites design and layout. I just pushed a few buttons here and there to ensure things worked as they were expected to on the backend. Pretty killer chill gig if you ask me ;-)

From the front page of the same mentioned site:

For more than a decade, we've been waging a war on our kids in the name of the 20th Century's model of "copyright law." In this, the last of his books about copyright, Lawrence Lessig maps both a way back to the 19th century, and to the promise of the 21st. Our past teaches us about the value in "remix." We need to relearn the lesson. The present teaches us about the potential in a new "hybrid economy" -- one where commercial entities leverage value from sharing economies. That future will benefit both commerce and community. If the lawyers could get out of the way, it could be a future we could celebrate.

Sound interesting? Well then *HURRY*! Go purchase a copy from one of the three provided online retailers on the front of the site before someone else snags the last in-stock copy and leaves you high and dry and wishing you were quicker on-the-draw. Of course, before too long you'll be able to obtain a CC-licensed PDF version of the title at no cost, something that -- quite obviously -- you'll be able to mix/mash and share with others. But in the mean time....

*HURRY*! ;-)


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