"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."
"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."Lawrence Lessig on Steven Wright
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."Lawrence Lessig on Calvin Coolidge
"A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman."Lawrence Lessig on Robert Frost
"Make crime pay. Become a lawyer."Lawrence Lessig on Will Rogers
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."Lawrence Lessig on Plato
"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."
"A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom."
"When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place."