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The Guardian: Freedom Fighter with a Guilty Conscience

Jun 10, 2006, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"Lawrence Lessig is the quintessential American academic superstar. He's the author of three acclaimed books on cyber law, and has held chairs at Chicago, Harvard and Stanford Universities. He was poised to play a pivotal role in probably the most important US court battle in the hi-tech arena in recent years--the anti-trust case against Microsoft, until being thrown off the case at its insistence, in part because of his radical legal ideas.

"Europe played a key role in shaping the man. It was during three years' philosophy study at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the mid-80s that the young graduate from Pennsylvania University found his 'rightwing lunatic Republican' ideas challenged and replaced with a more nuanced libertarianism..."

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