Digital literacies and the law: remixing elements of Lawrence Lessig's ideal of free culture

Lankshear, Colin , and Knobel, Michele (2008) Digital literacies and the law: remixing elements of Lawrence Lessig's ideal of free culture. In: Lankshear, Colin, and Knobel, Michele, (eds.) Digital literacies: concepts, policies and practices. Peter Lang , New York, pp. 279-305.

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In this chapter we have assembled and lightly remixed some key ideas from three texts by Lawrence Lessig to present a perspective on how contemporary concepts, policies, and laws of copyright and intellectual property impinge on practices of digital literacy. The source texts for this particular assemblage and remix of ideas are Lessig's 2004 book Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity and two variants of his renowned illustrated oral address on the themes of copyright, free culture and Creative Commons that has been presented many times and in many places around the world.

On January 2008 Lessig announced on his blog ( that he was giving his final public address on "Free Culture" and would henceforth be devoting his energies to addressing corruption in Washington, DC. This, then, is an opportune moment to re-present what we see as some of his key ideas and to bring them into conversation with our own particular interests in education and digital literacies.

Item ID: 7339
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4331-0168-7
Keywords: information literacy; digital culture; internet literacy; media; education policy; communications
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Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2010 01:56
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 38%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 37%
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SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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