1. “Do you think that copying is always theft or not – explain your reasons?”
Copying is something everyone do and I don’t think it is stealing. If we weren’t allowed at all to copy others stuff, the world would developed very slowly.
We need to have the possibility to copy others things so we don’t always have to start from zero to create the thing we want.
Sure, if someone copying your thing and using exactly the same to earn money and get credit for it, then it is stealing.
Like in the music world and especially the techno/house music genre it is a lot of copy of each music. But they copy another’s music and then changing it to their own music.
And almost all the artist in this genre like that people taking their music to create something else, they almost always honor the other artist song, what a “cool” mix they did.
2. “Who is Larry Lessig and what part has he played in the copyright/copyleft debate?”
He is a professor of law and leadership, he working at “Harvard Law School” and an activist. He was one of the guys who founded “Creative Commons”.
“creative Commons” is an organization to expanding the range of creative works so other can take advantage of it and create something else or what they now want to do with it. “Creative Commons” used to share people’s works for free.
I chose to use “Attribution 4.0 International” you can find it in the bottom of menu/Widgets to the right
You are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
for any purpose, even commercially.
The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.
Under the following terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
- No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
- You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
- No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.
- Attribution 4.0 International