Besides Lessig himself actually being in the film, Rip, and talking about a lot of the things he talks about in his book, there are a few other things that the particular section of reading and the movie had in common.
The film talks a lot about intellectual property and the fact that intellectual property is the property of someones mind. If someone “steals” that intellectual property it is against the law, and if stolen the thief needs to pay thousands and thousands of dollars. This crazy belief is what Lessig thinks is keeping our culture so locked up and unable to fully flourish as it should. “Indeed our intellectual biases about concepts like property lead us almost naturally to believe that the best strategy to produce wealth is to maximize control over the assets we have, including (and most important here) intellectual property assets”(228).
A quote from the movie that really stood out to me was when someone (not really sure who) was saying “are we supposed to say certain things are off limits to make art?” This was powerful because obviously the answer is no, certain things shouldn’t be off limits but that is essentially what has happened with copyright laws. People are being sued for things like putting videos of their baby dancing on the internet. However what Lessig explains to sum up the chapter is technology can be used for good, and obviously we shouldn’t be limited to what we can share with the world, especially if sharing these things can lead to real, honest wealth. “Technology had now given us the chance to tap human effort for extraordinary good. Subtle and insightful entrepreneurs could transform that opportunity into real wealth” (252).
The third connection I made to the movie and the book was Lessig’s thorough discussion of a hybrid economy which combines the sharing and commercial economies into one. In the past this was almost unheard of, however Lessig argues this hybrid economy is the answer to building a more free society. Which brings me to one of the main points of the movie, “To build free societies, you must limit the control of the past.” In this day in age technology is changing culture rapidly, old business models and ways of doing things in the commercial world are needing to change to try to keep up. We are needing new and creative ideas to keep businesses running rather than the same business model that has been used for the past 50 years. That is why limiting the control of the past is very important, and embracing new ways that will eventually make everyone more successful in the long run. If we limit the control of the past (when commercial and sharing have been separated) we can make room for this hybrid economy that can help community and commerce at the same time.