The Guardian: Freedom Fighter with a Guilty Conscience
Jun 10, 2006, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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..."