Stanford law professor and activist Lawrence Lessig told a gathering of campus technology chiefs Nov. 5 that restrictive copyright laws are "destructive of science and education," because academia has adopted a copyright model that largely mimics that of the entertainment industry.

Lessig, a longtime advocate for the reform of copyright laws that burden writers and filmmakers with myriad legal barriers, spoke to more than 500 college technology administrators at the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Denver, Nov. 3 through 6.

Copyright law has expanded over the past century so that it "reaches across the spectrum" of modern culture, controlling which artists and companies


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