"Technology conference keynotes tend to be as forgettable as
press kits and often are produced by the same mill. But there are
exceptions. One of the biggest ever was "Freeing Culture", a
passionate half-hour call to battle by Lawrence Lessig, Professor
of Law at Stanford University and author of Code and Other Laws of
Cyberspace and The Future of Ideas. The conference was the O'Reilly
Open Source Convention 2002 in San Diego.
"Lessig, who usually speaks without visual aids, not only added
them for this talk, he elevated the art form in the process. The
combined effect was exceptionally powerful. As a call for the
defense of freedom, it was the geek culture equivalent of Martin
Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech..."