Long time creative-commons campaigner Lawrence Lessig recently wrote a lengthy article in the Wall Street Journal where he looked at the use and reuse of other people’s creative work. In particular he takes time to describe the gains by allowing an amateur remix culture to thrive:

The return of this “remix” culture could drive extraordinary economic growth, if encouraged, and properly balanced. It could return our culture to a practice that has marked every culture in human history — save a few in the developed world for much of the 20th century — where many create as well as consume. And it could inspire a deeper, much more meaningful practice of learning for a generation that has no time to read a book, but spends scores of hours each week listening, or watching or creating, “media.”

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