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Lessig defines free culture as a culture that supports and protects current creators and innovators but at the same time limits their rights thereby allowing future creators and innovators to remain as free as possible from the control of the past.      I completely agree with Lessig on this idea.  He defines free culture as being a balance of anarchy and control.  Free does not mean free like we think.  Free i.e. Freedom is never free; everything has a cost.  The fact that something is free whether in real life or on the internet is because someone somewhere had to sacrifice something.  If you create something now, our free culture protects your innovation but it also allows someone else to utilize your innovation and build upon it.  Don’t complain though, because most likely whatever you are working on now has some technology of a past creator in it and the same free culture that allowed you to “borrow” the technology from his allowing someone else to do the same from you.

The internet has ruined and at the same time rebuilt copyright laws.  The best example Lessig gives for this is the MPAA and specifically its president, Jack Valenti.  Valenti came to Washington to argue that creative property owners should have as much right to their property as any other property owner. Lessig believes that this idea would ruin the creative juices running through society.  The internet much like DDT created new rules for their respective fields.  The technology of the internet has protected copyright owners but if it continues down this path of pure protection than much like the Silent Spring caused by DDT, many new and future creators and innovators will be silenced by the poison spread by hardcore copyrighters.

Creative Property has been around for a long time but only now that the internet has blossomed do we see the full extent of what a creatively created property is and how copyrighting affects it.  We have been following a code regarding creative property long before the internet was born.  Only once the internet came around did people start making these codes into law.  Thinking of only themselves, they made friendly codes into law forever changing the playing field and unless it eventually reverts back to simple code, Lessig believes that we are heading for anarchy.

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