Lessig in The Public Domain

We’ve written here about the madness of rent-seeking as the only goal of intellectual property policy. Lawrence Lessig writes wisely:

Foreign Policy: The Public Domain

There is no doubt that piracy is an important problem–it’s just not the only problem. Our leaders have lost this sense of balance. They have been seduced by a vision of culture that measures beauty in ticket sales. They are apparently untroubled by a world where cultivating the past requires the permission of the past. They can’t imagine that freedom could produce anything worthwhile at all.

Thanks to Mitis Caput Capitis for the tip.