Chapters 11 and 12 of “Free Culture” by Lawrence Lessig

My reading has two sections, the first talks about how both the music industry and piracy community have got bits and pieces of the situation, with regards to what is morally right, correct. Therefore, we need to create laws that acknowledge this. The chapter also says that if we don’t try to change the laws as they currently are, we will probably lose a large number of creative masterpieces that could not be created in our current legal environment. The second chapter talks about the amount of power that the music industry exerts over the legality and costs of piracy. Students that invented music search engines that enabled people to pirate music were threatened with a $98 billion lawsuit where the most that a doctor who accidentally removed the wrong leg during surgery could be sued for would be $250,000. Essentially, the costs of getting caught for something that is called piracy are way to high and the legal process is also extremely pricey for ordinary people to participate in.

Lessig, L. (n.d.). Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. New York, NY: The Penguin Press.

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