Code v2 launches

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So Code v2 is officially launched today. Some may remember Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, published in 1999. Code v2 is a revision to that book — not so much a new book, as a translation of (in Internet time) a very old book. Part of the update was done on a Wiki. The Wiki was governed by a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. So too is Code v2.

Thus, at, you can download the book. Soon, you can update it further (we’re still moving it into a new wiki). You can also learn a bit more about the history of the book, and aim of the revision. And finally, there are links to buy the book — more cheaply than you likely can print it yourself.

Most important, however, as we come to the $185,000 mark of the CC fundraiser: All royalties from Code v2 go to Creative Commons, in recognition of the work done by those who helped with the wiki version of Code v1.

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10 Responses to Code v2 launches

  1. Congratulations! And thank you for the nice mentions in the text.

  2. Professor Lessig,
    Have you considered tenuously equating your per copy royalty on sales of physical copies to the notional retail price of the intellectual property therein?
    You may also consider that you could offer the opportunity to pay this royalty to you directly, to downloaders of your online book.
    You could provide a certificate that says “For the sum of $1.14 you are now a bonafide purchaser of the downloaded copy of my book, and enjoy rights to first sale, can consider yourself a patron of the author, etc.”

    God knows what your royalty is, but at least you’d open the door to people who enjoyed your book and would like to become your patrons (for this book or the next one).

    If the only reason you don’t do this is because people would have to pay $3 to pay you $1, well… I’m sure we could work out a solution.

  3. Steve Johnson says:

    Professor Lessig,

    Congratulations on Code 2.0! Keep up the great work.

  4. Matt C says:

    Congrats. Will go read it. Don’t quit now (3.0 anyone?)

  5. Kempton says:

    Thanks a lot for the book. Have a great upcoming holiday season with your families and friends.

  6. Oscar says:

    I am from peru, it is a very important book for me, but i have many friends need this information in spanish, so Where is it in spanish please. Exist any publication about this book in spanish? please give me this information.
    thanks so much.

  7. kristof neefs says:

    Just finished reading Free Culture, excellent timing on the release! 🙂

    I hope to find some comments on TPM here as well, as your model in Free Culture provided me with a refreshing point of view for my LLM thesis. Thank you for spreading the knowledge, your writings are sure to have an impact throughout the world. I will try to post a review later, should you be interested.

  8. Sorry about the OT comment, but I thought this is something that you’d be happy to hear about:

    GateHouse Media, which went public in October and as of this writing is the most valuable newspaper company in America, just rolled CC licensing over 96 of its 306 newspapers.

    I was able to talk to the people involved and have the full story up at PressThink:

  9. Professor Lessig,
    please let me express all my gratitude for sharing this great work..
    This have really inspired me, but made also feel me sad, becouse I realised that in my country (italy) there are very very few jurists able to understand the iusses you pointed so brightly in your book..

    I have just a note, along alot of questions i would really like to ask…

    If many criticize that “code is not law” maybe they could accept at least that “code is a contract” expressed and enforced by software/hardware; anyway even if it is stated among private entities, every contract has to respect to the rights granted by constitution..
    So your conclusions are still true also if we consider code as just another form of “contract”…

    Thank you again professor..
    And please keep on this great work for the future of us “citizen of the world”…

  10. A.L. says:

    Hello. I’ve read and appreciated “Free Culture”. I am now reading (and appreciating) “Code 2.0.”

    On page 19 you wrote: “One of the most popular MMOGs is a game called ‘Grand Theft Auto'”. I am puzzled. To the best of my knowledge GTA is a PC and Console game with no online capabilities. Let alone a MMOG (even if there are plans of making GTA IV – announced for release on October 16, 2007 – a MMOG). I see your point, but it’s not well served by a wrong example.

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