REMIX now ccFree


The Bloomsbury Academic Press version of REMIX is now Creative Commons licensed (CC-BY-NC). You can download the book on the Bloomsbury Academic page.

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38 Responses to REMIX now ccFree

  1. Leon says:

    Great!! Congrats for freeing your work!!

  2. Kevin Lim says:

    Lessig, thank you for sharing (freeing) your work!

  3. Matt says:

    This will make it possible for me to teach _Remix_ to my students this semester. Thanks so much for making it available.

  4. rafik says:

    the cover isn’t a parody of ipod ad ;)?


  5. Being on a CC Attributive Non-Commercial, does this mean that I could make a non-profitable translation of the book? Just to clear that out, since there’s a copyright notice right above the CC notice.

  6. Thanks, I’d love to check it, looks great.

    @Rodrigo Jaroszewski: Yes you could make a non-profit translation of the book, as long as you atribute and link to the original version.
    There’s a copyright notice above the CC license, because it’s copyrighted, but released under a CC LICENSE. And that license allows you to redistribute it and make derivatives of it.

  7. Thanks so much!! It makes it much easier to work on my thesis when I can search through the PDF.

  8. Thanks for the free release of your book.

    My first remix and contribution is a smaller PDF file (2.8MB instead of 4.7MB from the original file). It is the same file including the same contents, it is only a more efficiently compressed PDF document using Multivalent Compress.

    I think it would be worth to replace the original file at the Bloomsbury Academic page with this version.

  9. JD says:

    This is a great initiative and I’m actually quite proud to have a small part in it whilst being on a work experience placement at Bloomsbury Academic. It was fun and challenging; when I woke up this morning I thought how good it is that everyone will be able to share in the experience and read Lawrence’s words for no cost.

    @Chris Castiglione I’m in the same boat re: the thesis. What’s your dissertation on, and where do you study?

  10. Scott Miller says:

    Thank you! I need this for my research paper!

  11. Robert Hennigar says:

    Thanks very much, and after reading a couple of your other works, I’m very much looking forward this! My weekend reading is now set!

  12. Great! Thank you very much!

  13. John Keehler says:

    Link isn’t working for me…

  14. Thanks Larry for making this available. You are a great example of being willing to share your work with others. I’ve been researching how free digital versions affect print sales, and I think it’s courageous and exemplary for you to do so. Thank you!

  15. Lynn says:

    Thanks for making this book available! I have really appreciated your writing and lectures. One of my profs assigned The Future of Ideas in college and I have been a fan ever since.

    Just don’t get swine flu! It’s spreading like the movie Outbreak!

  16. Lynn says:

    Thanks for making this book available! I have really appreciated your writing and lectures. One of my profs assigned The Future of Ideas in college and I have been a fan ever since.

    Just don’t get swine flu! It’s spreading like the movie Outbreak!

    We need you around!

  17. Eunah Choi says:

    Dear Proffessor Lessig,
    Thank you for making your work available for free to share. But I have one question: is it legal to request someone to make a plain text version of your book Remix, which is only available as a PDF format? I am a blind girl, and it’s really cumbersome to read PDF files using my screen reader. I prefer a txt format of a document because I can easily read it using my braille display device.
    Anyway, thank you for sharing your work with the world.
    From Seoul, South Korea,
    Eunah Choi

  18. Eunah Choi says:

    By the way, Professor Lessig, when you made your great book, Free Culture, available for free as a PDF ebook in 2004, someone uploaded a txt version of your book, which I downloaded and read with my braille display device. The reading was a rewarding experience. I especially enjoyed Chapter 6, where you talk about the copyright laws in England in the 17th and 18th century. I would be pleased if I can read your enthralling work in braille again without having to deal with all the difficulties converting PDF files into plain text files. Could some on this blog convert this PDF file and make a polished plain text version?
    Eunah Choi

  19. ßingen says:


    I’ve downloaded the book in pdf format and I cannot see the CC license. Which kind of CC license does it have? In which page can I find it?

    Instead, I can find the following at the beginning of the book:

    Copyright © Lawrence Lessig, 2008
    All rights reserved
    ISBN 978-1-59420-172-1
    Printed in the United States of America
    1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2
    de sign e d by m e ig h a n c ava naug h
    Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be repro-
    duced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (elec-
    tronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both
    the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book.
    The scanning, uploading, and distribution of this book via the Internet or via any other means without
    the permission of the publisher is illegal and punishable by law. Please purchase only authorized elec-
    tronic editions and do not participate in or encourage electronic piracy of copyrightable materials. Your
    support of the author’s rights is appreciated.



  20. Pablo Rodríguez says:

    Thank your very much for releasing “Remix” free, professor Lessig.

    Yesterday I posted a comment here that it is still awaiting for moderation. It contains a link to a more efficiently compressed version of the PDF file (2.8MB instead of 4.7MB from the original file). It seems that Acrobat Distiller 7.0 for Macintosh generates bigger output when not properly tuned (my guess).

    Professor Lessig, I’m not especially interested in having my previous comment posted to the comments, but I’d like that you read it and consider replacing the Bloomsbury Academic original file with this new version. After reading my previous comment, you can delete it.

    @Rodrigo Jaroszewski: not only are you allowed to make non-commercial derivatives from the original work, but also encouraged! Making also a podcast version (in Portuguese?) would be also extremely interesting.

    @Eunah Choi: I’m working on a plain text version, but I don’t know what your requirements actually are. If you could explain those in a comment, it might be helpful to release a version more suitable for your purposes.

    @ßingen: you’re right, I had also discovered that accidentally. It seems that Bloomsbury Academic took the PDF file from Penguin and added an image over the text on page 6 (or vi, depending on your PDF viewer) of the PDF document. Instead of deleting the original contents on page 6, Bloomsbury Academic they rendered that text invisible. Adobe Acrobat 7 select the image when trying to select something, but using other PDF viewers you can select the original text. And it seems that your PDF viewer cannot display the image with the new text. The image contains the text that reads: “CC 2008 Lawrence Lessig. This work is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License.”

  21. B.G.Sanford says:

    Thank you so much for your work and lectures. Sharing is all part of it . Is this not true?
    I don’t know how I ended up on this site. I was just blogging and talking about my new book, “Beth:Love Along the Way…by B.G.Sanford,” and just released by Eloquent Books. It’s the story of one woman who overcomes all odds that life has dealt her, to find real Love……… Along the Way. It’s both an amazing and entertaining story, you’re sure to enjoy. And if you’re so inclined, it can be ordered off the internet or have your local bookstore to order it for you.
    Good reading friends,

  22. Sorry, but my hosting service is not working. I contacted their tech support already, but I don’t know how long might it take to fix it.

    Just in case anyone out there might want to generate the more efficiently compressed version, the following command was the one I used.

    java -classpath Multivalent20060102.jar tool.pdf.Compress -compact Remix.pdf

    It requires Java (>=1.4) and Multivalent.

    Sorry for the inconveniences.

  23. Pablo Rodríguez says:

    My previous message is also waiting for approval. It seems that I should not use my actual URL, since otherwise the comment will be moderated.

    First, my website is down. I have contacted the technical support, but I don’t know whether the fix will take hours, days or weeks. Sorry for that, but I cannot do anything but wait.

    In my previous unmoderated comment, I included the command to generate the more efficiently compressed PDF document, but I cannot remember whether the command was right or not (and I cannot check it). The right command is the following:

    java -classpath Multivalent20060102.jar tool.pdf.Compress -compat Remix.pdf

    The -compact generates a much smaller output (1.8MB), but it can be browsed only with Multivalent. With other PDF viewer the output cannot be rendered, so -compat is the option to invoke with that command to generate a compatible document.

    Sorry for the noise. I only wanted to provide a better version, but it seems that technology prevented me from doing so without much noise.

  24. James Sowers says:

    Ah, I just bought this to do a paper for my legal studies class! Oh, well it was money well spent.

  25. Noel Cody says:

    I’d also be interested in a formatted text version of this. I have an interesting idea of how to remix the book and add some more value to it, but I need an easily editable version to do so.
    @Rodrigo : Will you post your text version here when you finish it? I’d be so appreciative if you did.

    I have been reading the PDF, however – great book! You raise many interesting points, and make great connections between intuitive ideas. Thanks for walking the talk and posting this up!

  26. Eunah Choi says:

    To Pablo Rodríguez,
    Thank you for your comment. I need to have a US-Ascii plain text version of this book, so I can read it with my braille display device easily. No HTML, DOC or RTF, please. My braille device cannot handle those types of files.
    Also, please make the CC license clearly visible in the txt file. As one commenter said in a post, I cannot find the CC license, but only the scary warning that says: “The scanning, uploading, and distribution of this book via the Internet or via any other means without the permission of the publisher is illegal and punishable by law.” That is why I asked Professor Lessig if I can convert the PDF ebook in to txt format legally. You have speculated that some text might be hidden in the PDF file as an image(of course, those images can never be visible to me with my screen reader!), the CC license might be only visible to sighted people. So, I want to read Professor Lessig’s book in polished, unabridged txt format. I want to read every word in this book as every sighted person is granted to read. I am annoyed when I discover that there is some invisible text in a PDF file which a screen reader cannot display and only my sighted friends can read the text and later ask me, “Hey, haven’t you read those words?”
    Well, enough of it! Sorry for my rambling.
    Anyway, I would like to thank Professor Lessig for making his works available as a downloadable eBook.
    Eunah Choi

  27. Pablo Rodríguez says:

    @Eunah Choi: full text is available at the Internet Archive. It is a pure text file, but not encoded in US-ASCII, but in Unicode (actually utf8). If your device only works with US-ASCII, let me know and I’ll try to recode the text file.

  28. Eunah Choi says:

    Thank you for the link, but I cannot download the txt file. When I click the popup key and choose the option “save target as…”, all I can get is a nasty html file. Could you please provide a link that I can directly download the txt file? You can also compress the file in a zip format; it will make my download easier.
    Thank you in advance.

  29. A.J. says:

    Prof. Lessig, I’m enjoying your book so far. But I’ve got one thing to gripe about.
    You use the adjective “insanely” a lot. The kid is “insanely cute,” Ben’s reading “insanely careful,” reading comments “insanely difficult,” etc. You should cut the word. It’s overly hyperbolic and actually detracts from the effectiveness of your sentences. Cutting out intensifiers when you write usually makes your thoughts and ideas clearer and stronger than they would be with the intensifier in (which is counter-intuitive, but still.) I feel as though your editor should have caught this. Just something that caught my eye while reading.
    Thanks to Rodriguez for the text file!

  30. Noel Cody says:

    @Eunah Choi Try clicking “full text” on the lefthand side, then copy/pasting that into a text editing program on your computer – does that work?

  31. Pablo Rodríguez says:

    @Eunah Choi: you’re right. I’m afraid that the Internet Archive is problematic with pure text files. This link should work: Remember that the file is not encoded in US-ASCII, but in UTF8. Don’t hesitate to comment again, if your Braille device doesn’t work with that.

  32. Theo says:

    @Pablo: I did not read comments yesterday and today, and thus did not know you had created a text file for Eunah. But during this time I also created a text file. It’s available at:

    The significant difference is that, in this version, lines of text are not limited to 65 characters. In other words, paragraphs widen and narrow as you change the size of the window. The advantage is that this file might appear better on smart phones or ebook readers such as the Kindle. A disadvantage is that quotes and headings are harder to identify.

    Anyway, thanks for doing this and for listing the tools you used. I used the “save as text” facility in Acrobat Reader and then search and replacing.

  33. Theo says:

    From Facebook:

    ‘To Celebrate the Creative Commons launch of Lawrence Lessig’s new book, “Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy”, Bloomsbury Academic are hosting a contest and asking you to remix any of Professor Lessig’s work!’

    For details see this page on Facebook:

  34. Pablo Rodríguez says:

    Bloomsbury Academic seems to have released a new smaller PDF (2.1MB), generated using the MacOSX built-in PDF tool. The new PDF document doesn’t have weird issues with the copyright license (page 6).

    Again, I’m afraid that I get more efficiently compressed output using Multivalent Compress:

    java -classpath Multivalent20060102.jar tool.pdf.Compress -compat Remix.pdf

    It is only 1.4MB and it has been uploaded to the Internet Archive.

    Just in case it helps.

  35. @Pablo Rodríguez: I have some questions that I would like to ask you that might be better to discuss outside this blog. I tried to contact you via your website, but could not reach you. this involves researching what motivates people to make derivatives. If you would be interested in participating, could you please contact me? (should be able to link to my website via my name)…thanks…

  36. Eunah Choi says:

    Thank you for all the people who made a plain text version of Remix available. I am enjoying Professor Lessig’s book greatly. I/ve read half of the book. I will post more comments about the book when I finish reading it.
    Thank you.

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