Here is an incredibly impressive speech by Stanford professor Larry Lessig. His chat deals with how the notion of copyright needs to change in the digital age. Over the course of 19 minutes, he tells a really compelling story, and makes some interesting points. But his conclusion has profound implications to our children, our culture and our future.
He concludes that copyright laws remain antiquated with regards to how our kids are using media online – via mashups, downloads, and original content creation using pieces of existing copyrighted works.
The end result is that our children are growing up knowingly breaking the law in their daily lives. They “live life knowing they live it against the law.” He calls this corrosive and corrupting to a democracy.