Lawrence "Larry" Lessig

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Born: 3 June 1961, Rapid City, South Dakota

Raised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, he earned a BA in Economics and a BS in Management (Wharton School) at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, an MA in Philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1986, and a JD at Yale Law School in 1989. Despite having come to a liberal perspective during his time at Cambridge he clerked for two conservative judges, Richard Posner of Chicago's Seventh Circuit and Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court. He has taught law in Budapest, Berlin, and Tokyo as well as at the University of Chicago, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and now back to Harvard. More readable than most attorneys, he has been a columnist for a number of tech-focused magazines including The Industry Standard, Red Herring, and Wired. He is best known for his work in the area of intellectual property law, arguing that the current efforts of the rights owners to control all copying of their work, and the ever-lengthening terms of copyright, represent far more control than was ever given in the past and is endangering the public domain. His current academic focus is "institutional corruption", influences that may not be directly pay-to-play corruption as seen in earlier eras but weaken public trust and the effectiveness of institutions.

Biography from Wikipedia and Lessig 2.0 (his own site)

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