December 24, 2004  ·  Lessig


“I’m just a student, so I don’t have a lot of money to blow, but I donated $165 to EFF, Public Knowledge, and Creative Commons.”

So writes Michael-Forest Meservy in an email, inspiring the following plea:

I’m extremely honored to serve on the board of five extraordinary organizations: Creative Commons, EFF, Public Knowledge, Public Library of Science, and the Free Software Foundation. If you can follow a student’s lead, I’d be grateful. These are five amazing organizations that need your support. Ask yourself this: How much did I give to the monopolists this year? We’d be happy with 1/10th of that.

  • Alexander Wehr

    I gave $8 to monopolists this year in purchasing a film dating back to when MPAA ‘product’ was still tolerable.

    I gave many times more (i cant figure out how much) to ipac among others. I believe i remember donating to a specific legal defense fund.. it really doesnt matter if i can remember it all or not, because it’s done.

    When i get my credit paid back down in the future ill be donating more. Not to worry.

  • Joseph Pietro Riolo

    From the perspective of copyright law, you (Professor Lessig)
    are also a monopolist for you own copyright in your writings.
    Perhaps, you are talking about supporting friendly, generous
    monopolists as opposed to unfriendly, selfish monopolists.

    Ebenezer Scrooge
    (Joseph Pietro Riolo)

    Public domain notice: I put all of my expressions in this
    comment in the public domain.

  • Andrew Boysen

    I donated to EFF a little while back. I also asked about volunteer opportunities that don’t require living CA (even though I write license contracts for Oracle, I work in the Boston area), but haven’t heard back. Anyone from MA know of similar organizations here?

    PS – you get awesome stuff when you donate to the EFF!

    I don’t really buy any music, but I do buy some movies and books. However, when I’m done I often give them away or share them.

  • David Thompson

    May I add “IP Justice” ( to the list of worthy organizations? It’s internationally focused and tries to change policy before it’s too late. Good stuff, check them out. I’ve made my EFF contribution as well.

  • Greg K.

    Uh, who are the “monopolists”? Monopolies are illegal, except the government of course.

  • Justin

    Greg: A monopoly is legal unless it unreasonably restrains trade, google ‘antitrust’.