The Harvard Professor Who Would Be President - Temporarily

This weekend Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig announced that he was running for president. But unlike most candidates, he is not even seeking a full term. Instead, he’s campaigning to be the first “referendum president,” where he would pass only a single bill and then hand the reigns over to the Vice President.

The act that Lessig hopes to pass is the Citizens Equality Act of 2017. According to Lessig’s campaign website, there are three main issues: voting reform, campaign finance reform, and the elimination of “gerrymandering” in the creation of voting districts.

Lessig is perhaps best known for his work on internet and copyright law, including Creative Commons, which he co-founded in 2002. Lessig has long been an advocate for copyright reforms that would allow for creative arts to include (or ‘remix’) copyrighted works without the fear of prosecution. He served on the board Free Software Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

To the Best of Our Knowledge spoke with Lessig on two separate occasions about copyright law and what he calls “the hybrid economy,” which takes into account profit-driven business models while accounting for the “sharing economy” of the internet. Here are the full interviews:

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Lawrence Lessig on "Code: Version 2.0"

Breaking the law by singing "Happy Birthday"? That's absurd.

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Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

Lawrence Lessig on The Hybrid Economy

Lawrence Lessig is the creator of the Creative Commons and says that our current copyright law is far too restrictive and stifles creativity.

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