Lessig: IP protection a business, not cultural, battleground:
“Daguerre created his photo process in 1839. It was cumbersome, difficult to use, and expensive. Photography’s growth chart was very slow, to say the least. In 1888, George Eastman invented the Kodak camera, which was much easier to use, and inexpensive. The photography growth chart took off very fast. Eastman didn’t need ‘permission’ to build a better camera. Had there been restrictions on Daguerre’s idea early on, the history of photography would be very different from what we have today,” Lessig said.