The author of Free Culture shows how we harm our childrenâ€”and almost anyone who creates, enjoys, or sells any art formâ€”with a restrictive copyright system driven by corporate interests. Lessig reveals the solutions to this impasse offered by a collaborative yet profitable â€śhybrid economyâ€ť. Lawrence Lessig, the reigning authority on intellectual property in the Internet age, spotlights the newest and possibly the most harmful culture warâ€”a war waged against our kids and others who create and consume art. Americaâ€™s copyright laws have ceased to perform their original, beneficial role: protecting artistsâ€™ creations while allowing them to build on previous creative works. In fact, our system now criminalizes those very actions. For many, new technologies have made it irresistible to flout these unreasonable and ultimately untenable laws. Some of todayâ€™s most talented artists are felons, and so are our kids, who see no reason why they shouldnâ€™t do what their computers and the Web let them do, from burning a copyrighted CD for a friend to â€śbitingâ€ť riffs from films, videos, songs, etc and making new art from them. Criminalizing our children and others is exactly what our society should not do, and Lessig shows how we can and must end this conflictâ€”a war as ill conceived and unwinnable as the war on drugs. By embracing â€śread-write culture,â€ť which allows its users to create art as readily as they consume it, we can ensure that creators get the supportâ€”artistic, commercial, and ethicalâ€”that they deserve and need. Indeed, we can already see glimmers of a new hybrid economy that combines the profit motives of traditional business with the â€śsharing economyâ€ť evident in such Web sites as Wikipedia and YouTube. The hybrid economy will become ever more prominent in every creative realmâ€”from news to musicâ€”and Lessig shows how we can and should use it to benefit those who make and consume culture. Remix is an urgent, eloquent plea to end a war that harms our children and other intrepid creative users of new technologies. It also offers an inspiring vision of the post-war world where enormous opportunities await those who view art as a resource to be shared openly rather than a commodity to be hoarded.