Lawrence Lessig Piracy And Copyright Summary

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Lawrence Lessig’s research on piracy and copyright laws suggest the issue began long before Napster’s free website of burning music for personal use. In fact, stolen content was first documented one hundred years ago when Thomas Edison’s inventions were stolen before copyright laws were in place.
Moreover, Lessig compares piracy and loopholes throughout history. Thomas Edison’s phonographs and Henri Fourneaux’s player pianos (used to record music) forced copyright laws just as cable companies’ piracy techniques forced copyright laws. As a result of copyright laws, artist can cover a song as long as they pay a composer similar to radio stations playing a song; they also pay the composer a fee. A surprising comparison is made by cable companies

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