In Remix, Lawrence Lessig cuts through the confusion and details how American copyright laws have ceased to perform their original role of protecting artistic creation and allowing artists to build on previous creative works. Today, Lessig contends, digital technologies make it as easy for media artists to remix, as it does for writers to quote from other sources. Unfortunately, such remixing is in violation of the current laws and creates a stifling climate for creativity.
Lessig stridently argues against the continuation of such a limited "read only" culture and suggests five major changes to our copyright laws:
- Deregulation of amateur creativity
- Opt-in copyright
- Simplification of the copyright laws
- Decriminalizing copying
- Decriminalizing file sharing