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March 10, 2004
CONTACT: David Fish
(202) 289-8928

Lessig & DeLong Hold Press Club Debate March 25
Copyright, Open Source, Digital Content, Among Internet-Related Topics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In what promises to be 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 will discuss the Free Culture Movement at a March 25 National Press Club lunch. Lunch begins at noon in the First Amendment Lounge.

Sponsored by the Foundation's Center for the Study of Digital Property, which DeLong directs, the upcoming 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, will moderate the exchange.

"Larry Lessig and Jim DeLong may be near opposites on copyright, open source and other legal and economic issues affecting the future of the Internet," Gifford said. "But there are congruities too, not the least of which is each man's depth of understanding and originality of thought. Free Culture Movement disciples and skeptics, as well as policymakers and the media, will benefit from this exchange."

Those interested in attending should register by contacting Eileen Goulding at 202-289-8928 or Members of the media should contact David Fish at 202-289-8928 or The National Press Club is located at 529 14th Street, NW in Washington.

Lessig's new book to be released that day, Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity, will be discussed. Copies will be available for sale at the Press Club Event. Lessig has spoken at the Foundation's annual Aspen Summit.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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