Larry Lessig on laws that choke creativity

by Barrie Hopson on August 8, 2010 · 0 comments

in New Technology,portfolio careers,Storytelling

I just came across this fascinating TED talk by¬† Harvard professor Larry Lessig, one of the foremost authorities on copyright issues, with a vision for reconciling creative freedom with marketplace competition. So what has this got to do with portfolio careers? Many portfolio workers, including us, who currently have 5 websites between us, constantly have to think about whether we are allowed to use images that we find from Google image searches or whether to research relatively copyright free sites like Flikkr or pay for images from providers like Stockphoto. Dare we use YouTube videos to illustrate our points or if we can use them how about other videos that we pick up from the web? What about adding music to some of our presentations? It’s a nighmare and as Larry points out one that is getting more rather than less complex.

The other reason for looking at this is to see the sheer professionalism of his presentation. Oh yes! There are also some very funny extracts – especially the duet between George Bush and Tony Blair – and a piece on Jesus Christ that some would simply find blasphemous. All of which serves to make his points.

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