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Lawrence Lessig: Governments Always Get It Wrong

December 14, 2007

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Well, after a couple of decades of battling copyright extensions, the famed cyberlawyer Lessig has detected the Real Problem: government. In this Economist article, he proposes to improve the "transparency" of government activities through the Internet. Of course, we all wish his enterprise well to expose the venality of individual (most?) politicians and of individual (most?) of the laws they propose and vote for. But if his enterprise actually succeeds to any extent, I expect (with unbearable eagerness) it will expose the venality and destructiveness not just of individual politicians and laws, but of government — and copyrights — themselves.

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