|Thanks to Boing Boing for pointing out that a transcript of Lawrence Lessig's in-game interview (conducted in Second Life) is available at New World Notes.|
Philip Linden [grinning]: We all do that at least once.
Lawrence Lessig: So the thing Orrin should be asked is this: how come the government is spending so much energy regulating creativity? Where's the Republican in that? And second, how come spending so much time protecting this powerful industry against competition, rather than embracing competition as the way we find a new world. Two quick questions before floor three.
HL: Now let's say Senator Hatch and Glickman get out, and in comes a kid who likes to download lots of music and movies via peer to peer-- what point from Free Culture would you convey to him?
LL: I don't have anything to tell the kid. The kid is teaching us something. If you look at the creativity kids have demonstrated using digital technology, that's enough to say that we, professors, lawyers, congressmen, should listen, not lecture.