• Lawrence Lessig

    Academic, Lawyer & Political Activist

    Lawrence Lessig is a well-known American academic, lawyer and political activist. He spent a decade arguing for sensible intellectual property law, updated for the digital age. He was a founding board member of Creative Commons, an organization that builds better copyright practices through principles established first by the open-source software community. In 2007 Lessig left the field of IP and Internet policy, and moved on to a more fundamental problem that blocks all types of sensible policy – the corrupting influence of money in American politics. In 2011, Lessig founded Rootstrikers, an organization dedicated to changing the influence of money in Congress. In his recent book, Republic, Lost, he shows just how far the U.S. has spun off course – and how citizens can regain control. He currently serves as the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to that, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society.

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