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Lessig Bows Out

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Stanford University law professor and Silicon Valley copyright-reform guru Larry Lessig bowed out of his consideration of running for Congress for the seat of Democratic Rep. Tom Lantos, who died recently.

In his post on his blog called “On Why I Am Not Running,” Lessig laid out his reasons, noting that such a run had to do with–of course–polls that showed former California state Sen. Jackie Speier would win the district that encompasses a chunk of Silicon Valley.

Nonethless, Lessig said he would continue to focus on his recent effort called Change Congress, which seeks to, well, change Congress.

Here’s his terrific I-will-not-run video:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work