"A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Lawrence Lessig on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Lawrence Lessig on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Lawrence Lessig on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Lawrence Lessig on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."Lawrence Lessig on Mahatma Gandhi
"The real harm of term extension comes not from these famous works. The real harm is to the works that are not famous, not commercially exploited, and no longer available as a result."
"When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place."
"Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device."