The Internet revolution has come. Some say it has gone. What was responsible for its birth? Who is responsible for its demise?
In The Future of Ideas, Lawrence Lessig explains how the Internet revolution has produced a counterrevolution of devastating power and effect. The explosion of innovation we have seen in the environment of the Internet was not conjured from some new, previously unimagined technological magic; instead, it came from an ideal as old as the nation.
Creativity flourished there because the Internet protected an innovation commons. The Internet’s very design built a neutral platform upon which the widest range of creators could experiment.
The legal architecture surrounding it protected this free space so that culture and information–the ideas of our era–could flow freely and inspire an unprecedented breadth of expression. But this structural design is changing–both legally and technically.
由哈佛大學法學院教授Lawrence Lessig於2002年出版的「The Future of Ideas」一書，已依Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical授權方式提供PDF版本免費下載；但由於更適合行動設備閱讀的ePub版本僅有紙本出版商製作的收費版（定價US$14.99），於是潑墨書房先將PDF版本重製整理為ePub版；除了完整包括原書近600個註釋、並修正原英文版的連結與錯誤之外，並同樣依照CC授權方式免費釋出。
Every society has resources that are free and resources that are controlled. Free resources are those available for the taking. Controlled resources are those for which the permission of someone is needed before the resource can be used.
there are two futures in front of us, the one we are taking and the one we could have.