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In the preface of Free Culture, Lessig compares the book with a previous book of his,  Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, which propounded that software has the effect of law.

Free Culture's message is different, Lessig writes, because it is "about the consequence  of the Internet to a part of our tradition that is much more fundamental, and, as hard as this
is for a geek-wanna-be to admit, much more important. Wikipedia article

The free culture movement is a social movement that promotes the freedom to distribute and modify  creative works, using the Internet as well as other media, and objects to overly restrictive copyright laws,  which many members of the movement also argue hinder creativity. Closely associated with the free  culture movement are organizations in the free software movement, such as the Free Software Foundation. Wikipedia article

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Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."  We're a nonprofit organization. Everything we do — including the software we create — is free.  Wikipedia article
            Audio Recording of
Free Culture* by Lawrence Lessig:

                 (read by various volunteers - some are easier to hear than others)
         This audio book is available under the terms of a Creative Commons license as stated below:
Chapter 01 Preface
Chapter 8  Transformers
Chapter 02 Introduction
Chapter 9  Collectors
Chapter  1 Creators
Chapter 10 Property
Chapter  2 Mere Copyists
Chapter 11 Chimera
Chapter  3 Catalogs
Chapter 12 Harms
Chapter  4 Pirates
Chapter 13 Eldred
Chapter  5 Piracy
Chapter 14 Eldred II
Chapter  6 Founders
Chapter 15 Conclusion
Chapter  7 Recorders
Chapter 16 Afterward

* Free Culture, Lawrence Lessig, February 22, 2005, Penguin, ISBN-10: 0143034650, ISBN-13: 978-0143034650 (also available on

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