AUP, CIPA, and Larry Lessig

Corrosion of Conformity is the name of a band from around Seattle that is now defunct. The idea that our society is enabling a culture of piracy due to the lack of consideration of common sense when legislation is produced to govern the creation of new ideas really brought their name to my mind. The implication is that the disregard for copyright laws that much of our youth exhibit today is developing a generation of law breakers and a lack of respect for law and order. Extremism going both ways is how Larry Lessig described it. Is there a balance being created on the front lines? Can we give any credit to the idea that our kids are picking and choosing laws to disregard and laws to follow based on their own judgement? What is the implication of the blurring of the line for kids when they play the dual role of criminal and judge? This makes me think of another musical reference where House of Pain professed the old adage, “It ain’t a crime if you don’t get caught.” Where’s the balance to be met?

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~ by Craig Brewer on November 2, 2008.

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