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Lessig & DeLong in National Press Club Debate

March 25, 2004
National Press Club
Washington, DC


  • Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School
  • James DeLong, The Progress & Freedom Foundation

In one of the most important and interesting debates of the year on the future of the Internet, digital content and related issues, Stanford Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig and Progress & Freedom Foundation Senior Fellow James DeLong discussed the Free Culture Movement at a March 25, 2004 National Press Club lunch.   

Sponsored by the Foundation's Center for the Study of Digital Property, which DeLong directs, the Lessig-DeLong debate is an outgrowth of the duo's recent blog exchanges.  Lessig, author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace and The Future of Ideas is the intellectual leader of the Free Culture Movement.  DeLong, author of Property Matters, is one of the Movement's most outspoken skeptics. Foundation President Raymond Gifford, a former Lessig law student at the University of Chicago, moderated the exchange.

Lessig's new book, which was released on March 25, 2004, Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity, will be discussed. Previously, Lessig spoke at the Foundation's annual Aspen Summit.



The Progress & Freedom Foundation