September 24, 2004  ·  Lessig

According to an article in the National Journal Tech Daily (9/23), Bruce Lehman claims he is on the Kerry Technology Committee, but is “playing a relatively minor role.” The article quotes an unnamed source that he “is not part of Kerry’s core group of tech advisers.”

But whether core or fringe, why is he part of “tech” advisers at all? Lehman’s policies did more to encourage the war on technology that these past 8 years have seen than anyone else in DC. Let him serve on the “last century protectionists” committee. Indeed, make him the chair.

Lehman says he finds it “really sad — pretty sad” that I had criticized him on this blog. (No confirmation which.) And just to show how effective I’ve been in getting my point across, Lehman is quoted as saying: “[Lessig] seems to believe you can have a post-industrial economy without any copyrights.” Oh yes. That’s exactly what I believe. I’m also a Marxist, and commune regularly with Chairman Mao. With insight such as this, I can see why he’d be such a valuable member of the Kerry team.

  • http://zgp.org/~dmarti/ Don Marti

    The hard thing about arguing with DRMers is that they won’t defend DRM, only copyright law. I don’t believe in machine guns on motion detectors either (are you crazy? Don’t turn that thing on–you might shoot the mailman, or someone on the sidewalk!) but that doesn’t mean I’m for trespassing.

  • http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/MortazaviBlog M. Mortazavi

    Spin doctors are to spin . . . That’s another reason why people avoid open political discourse. Spinners are there to do it for them and will come after them with their spinning techniques if they step over the line. However, like every weapon, spinning is also a double edged sword.

  • http://www.ocomik.net/blog/index.html ocomik

    {quote}”[Lessig] seems to believe you can have a post-industrial economy without copyrights”{/quote}

    It must be very frustrating to continue to stress your point on where you stand on copyright law yet continually have it conveyed by others that you wish to abolish it.

    My suggestion to Mr. Lehman is that he listen to the speech you gave at the this years Open Source Business Conference entitled the Creator’s Dillemma (available at http://www.itconversations.com). In this speech, I believe you succinctly state your position on copyright. If after listening to your speech he is still unclear of your position, then the problem lies not with your message but with Mr. Lehman’s comprehension.

  • Alan McCann

    ocomilk said:

    “If after listening to your speech he is still unclear of your position, then the problem lies not with your message but with Mr. Lehman�s comprehension.”

    Unfortunately I think it is the latter and there are a lot of Mr. Lehmans in the political world – whether their lack of comprehension is by choice or not.

  • raoul

    �”And just to show how effective I�ve been in getting my point across, Lehman is quoted as saying: �[Lessig] seems to believe you can have a post-industrial economy without any copyrights.”�

    It may not be that Mr. Lehman misunderstands Professor Lessig, but rather he, and his ilk, have adopted the Karl Rove strategy of: �If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.�

    Oh I�m sorry, that�s not Rove, it�s Goebbels.

  • joat

    One thing though. Be careful handling that sarcasm. Not everyone recognizes it as such and it has the tendency to be quite explosive in certain environments. Somewhere out there is a journalism student using the phrase “Mr. Lessig, self-avowed Marxist….”

  • Rolo Timassie

    What’s your beef with Lehman? I mean, specifically; aside from all the reciprocal name-calling.

  • Tom

    Rolo, Prof. Lessig provided a link and has mentioned Lehman several times in the past. If you want a soundbite summary, Lehman was the architect of the DMCA.