Our Skype Conversation with Lawrence Lessig

October 18th, 2009

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One of my film literacy classes had the chance this week to participate in a Skype video conference with Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. Professor Lessig is an expert in copyright law, and is on the board of directors of Creative Commons, a nonprofit corporation “dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.”

In his most recent book, Remix, he argues that we shouldn’t criminalize an entire generation of young people with outdated copyright laws.

It was very gracious of Professor Lessig to spend a half hour taking questions from my 7th graders. I edited the Skype conversation into two separate videos. This Skype session is part of our ongoing conversation about what we can and can’t do on the Internet. As Professor Lessig points out in our conversation, copyright is extremely complicated.

16 Responses to “Our Skype Conversation with Lawrence Lessig”

  1. 1 David Bill
    October 19th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Mr. Mayo.

    That’s awesome. Way to reach out and provide students a direct connection to what you are teaching them. Keep it up and hopefully I’ll see you at EduCon.


  2. 2 Tod Duncan
    October 19th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Kudos to Lessig for taking the time to do this. This is awesome. Great to see connections being made in schools with socially relevant issues.

    Congratulations Mr. Mayo.

  3. 3 Jill Carrick
    October 19th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Mr. Mayo,

    Thanks so much for sharing this! We are discussing copyright and creative commons in my sixth grade computer class, so I am going to share this. Also, with using Voicethread, wiki, photopeach, Google Apps, and Skype in our middle school science classes, copyright is an ongoing issue.

    p.s. Twitter via Will Richardson got me to your Skype session.

  4. 4 Kristen
    October 19th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Mr. Mayo,
    This is an excellent connection for students. Thanks for your example!

  5. 5 John
    October 19th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Excellent example of removing classroom walls through the use of Skype. It’s always a great idea to record the conversation as well since kids sometimes get caught up in the “how” of Skyping and not the “why” (plus the experience can be shared with others like myself!).

  6. 6 Jim Gates
    October 20th, 2009 at 7:25 am

    This is terrific. Great questions from the students, great poise, and great responses from Mr Lessig. Thank you for sharing this. I will be pointing folks to this post when they tel me that their school blocks Skype.

  7. 7 Jeff Johnson
    October 20th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    What a wonderful learning experience for the kids. And hats off to Prof. Lessig for his willingness to Skype with this class!

  8. 8 Laura Deisley
    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Way to go! I love the way you have your kids tee up the “hard questions.” I’d be curious to hear/read their reflections on this experience, and in particular how his opinions on these tough questions will guide their practice, their creativity, their sense of right and wrong in this space.

    Thanks so much for sharing. And, I’m with David, love to see you back at EduCon this Jan!

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  13. 13 Mathew
    January 22nd, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for these. Great value for your students and for the rest of us watching.

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  15. 15 Nicholas O'Brien
    May 18th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    There needs to be more education like this in American public schools. As a college adjunct professor who has seen semesters-after-semester of incoming students not understanding creative commons (or viable alternatives to copyright), I highly commend you for doing this and providing such a great opportunity for your students!

    Also thanks for sharing!

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