more (not so) quiet time

Sorry about the ambiguity. Willem Dakota Neuefeind Lessig was born yesterday.

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108 Responses to more (not so) quiet time

  1. Ethan says:

    Congratulations to both you and your wife, Professor Lessig — that’s excellent news.

  2. H�r�ur Helgi Helgason says:

    Congratulations! As a father of a two-month old myself, I can finally say to someone else, what I’ve been hearing for months: It’s going to be amazing.

  3. Steve Kirks says:

    Mr. Lessig:

    Congratulations! As a new uncle, I only have a fraction of the emotional experience you have gone through. Good luck and my God bless your child.


  4. john says:

    Congratulations, Professor Lessig! What an adorable baby!

  5. Aaron Swartz says:


    You know, with a name like that he’ll have no problem rising to the top of the Google rankings. 😉

  6. Karl says:

    Congratulations, Professor.


  7. Adina Levin says:


    What a beautiful little person.


  8. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations! He is gorgeous (pic on BoingBoing).

  9. Meyer says:

    Congratulations, professor! Blessings on the lot of you.

  10. Edge says:

    Congratulations Professor Lessig – he’s adorable!

  11. Ryan Mahoney says:

    It’s a wonderful day for Prof. Lessig.

    But it’s a sad day for the rest of the internet community. Because if the professor is going to be a good father, as I suspect he will be, his spare time will now be devoted to raising his family.

    Such as it is.

  12. ittousai says:


  13. ryan says:

    Everyone visit here:


    It’s Australian “public” dicussion of copyright reform that has been quietly slipped in under the radar.

    The person controlling the discussion seems to have an inhernet view and is leading the discussion somewhat. Please help bring sanity to our laws, which don’t even have Fair Use rights at the moment.

  14. economist says:

    Congratulations! I wish all the best to you and the family in this happy occasion. Happy fathering! By the way, when can we expect your son to become a guest blogger for you?

    fellow blogger and frequent visitor

  15. FlowerLounge says:

    Congratulations! Prof. Lessig.

  16. ryan says:


  17. ryan says:

    He’s got your ‘smile’.


  18. Jonas B. says:

    My warmest congratulations!!

  19. John S. says:

    Congrats, Professor — I think he has your eyes.

  20. Onno Kluyt says:

    Willem? A very nice Dutch name! Warm congratulations (hartelijk gefeliciteerd)!!

  21. mileena says:

    lurker surfacing to say..

    congratulations professor lessig!

  22. Rob says:

    echoing everyone else, congrats. May your son grow up to see a nation with a thriving public domain.

  23. Ron Chichester says:

    Congratulations! Splendid photo. Fresh out of the womb and already had more than 15 minutes of fame.

    Alright, where are the statistics? Weight? Height? APGAR scores? Just like your anniversary date, you will be expected to remember them.

  24. Salil (Mr. Kumar) Mehra says:


  25. Me says:

    Do I say Congratulations, or Mazeltov? 🙂

    Whichever it is — go you!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to you and your entire family! Say, do you have a license to publish the copyrighted pictures on your baby’s hat? Fair use, maybe… but I would take down the picture just to be sure you don’t infringe the rights of the hat-picture owners. Without them, we would have no cute baby-hats, right? (please forgive my sarcasm)


  27. Felicitaciones por el nacimiento de su hijo, Professor Lessig. Felicitaciones para su esposa, tambi�n.

    Comienzan una maravillosa etapa de la vida.

  28. Fuzzy says:

    Up, little baby, stand up clear;
    Mother will hold you, do not fear;
    Dimple and smile, and chuckle and crow!
    There, little baby, now you know!

    — ‘Mother Goose’

  29. Geoff Simmons says:

    Spectacular! Much happiness for mother and father.

    Prof. Lessig, I hope he’ll be an inspiration for you, an ever-present reminder of the future and of everything that is important and worth fighting for.

  30. Jim says:


  31. Rob says:


  32. refe rent says:

    ah, just how long will it be until little W.D.N.L. wants his own computer? Teach the little one well, Mr. Lessig.

  33. Congratulations to the parents, and welcome to the new cute one.

    Here is a Christian Science Monitor article comparing the music and fashion industries’ approaches to what the article calls the “control of creativity”.

  34. Max says:

    A hearty and sincere congratulations from a long-time lurker.

  35. WouterVH says:

    Congratulations to you and your wife.

  36. tom says:

    Congratulations from a lurker and law student from the other side of the country.

  37. Jesse Purdom says:

    Congratulations Professor!

  38. Sophie says:

    Awwwwwwwwww.. he’s sooooooo adorable!!!!! Congrats. 🙂

  39. Andrew says:

    Woo-hoo! Rowdy congratulations from Berkmania!

  40. Hey, congrats! Quite happy for ya!

  41. Pravin Sathe says:

    congrats prof…bet he loves the hat!!

  42. Jonathan M says:


  43. Susan Epstein says:

    Congratulations to you and Bettina!

  44. Justin says:

    Congrats! I urge you to remain radio silent for as long as possible to spend quality time with your family. Paternity leave, a cherished opportunity.

  45. John Mark Ockerbloom says:

    Congratulations! Now don’t come back too soon– you’ll need all the
    sleep you can get, and your wife will appreciate your being available
    instead of logged-in.

    He looks adorable. When do you suppose he’ll be ready to guest-blog?

  46. Mimi Ito says:

    Congratulations Bettina and Larry! What wonderful news.

  47. Daniel A. Munz says:

    Mazel tov, Professor L!

  48. Somee says:

    What a cute and sweet new-face!
    God bless Willem’s new and little, but invaluable life.

  49. Ernie says:

    Congratulations!!! Now the real learning begins.

  50. peter purgathofer says:

    congratulations. i am a young father myself (daughter is 19 month) and can tell you that the most amazing time lies before you. this is the best project i have ever worked on, and i wish you that this experience will open itself up for you.

    (some) peter

  51. poole says:

    may your child rip, mix, and burn everything he sees and hears…and may it be become legal by the time he comes of age…

  52. poole says:

    may your child rip, mix, and burn everything he sees and hears…and may it be become legal by the time he comes of age…

  53. macewan says:


  54. Piscitelli says:

    Congratulations dr Lessig, while teaching a course at the UNSTA University in Tucuman, we looked at your weblog and found the good news. You are invited to visit us whenever you may come.

    Truly yours from Argentina

  55. My warmest wishes of happiness and well-being to you all.

  56. elouise says:

    If there’s any time to celebrate humanity, it’s in this. It’s a birth day and there’s a new soul in the world. New mom. New dad. Welcome to the village.

  57. Eli says:

    Congratulations! What a darling boy …

  58. Congratulations, Prof Lessig to both you and your wife. I hope Willem grows up to be as stout a defender of the public sphere as you are 🙂


  59. Welcome Lessig-II! Congratulations…

  60. Congratulations, Larry! My wife was due a week ago but we are still waiting. I’ve got a lot of confidence in my future as a dad, but I have to admit I’m jealous of your kid for having you as a parent. Maybe my daughter and your son will be partners in future issues as we all are today. Hopefully not the *same* issues, of course..

    Congrats again to everyone.

  61. Kevin Fisk says:

    Congratulations on Exceptional news.

  62. Jaap Vermeulen says:


    Also, found a quote you might like:
    Picasso: “Good artists copy, great artists steal”… or “Bad Artists copy, great artists steal” … not sure which one is more authentic.

  63. Curtis says:

    My baby girl just turned 2 and I can say with confidence you have an exciting couple of years ahead of you! Congratulations!

  64. zephyr says:


  65. vladsi says:

    Congratulations to you. I hope that you’ll still have time to update your wonderful blog. Taking care of a new life will require so many sacrifices. I’m sure that I speak for all your readers when I say that we’re praying that this blog isn’t one of those sacrifices.

  66. martha says:

    congratulations! such a beautiful baby! also, wanted to point out the publication of “who owns native culture?” by michael f. brown, which seems to intersect nicely with many of the discussions here. the nyt review of books:

  67. Jan Mark says:


  68. Mel says:

    He is a knockout!

  69. Javier says:

    “The best advice is found on the pillow.”

    Congrats Mr. Professor

  70. SLS 2L -- thanks for con law says:

    Congrats, Professor Lessig!

  71. SLS 2L -- thanks for con law says:

    Congrats, Professor Lessig!

  72. Many happy returns. May he be as brilliant as his father.

  73. from Japan says:


  74. adamsj says:

    You know, radio silence is one thing. Not posting another picture of the young man is another.

  75. Jacob Morse says:

    Congratulations! A beautiful child and a great beanie!

  76. pass says:


  77. Teresa Ou says:

    Long time no see, Professor Lessig, but this is wonderful news to hear! Congratulations from Cambridge!

  78. Geoff Simmons says:

    Prediction: In about fourty years, when we’ll be connecting to computers through Matrix-like sockets in the backs of our heads, future law prof Willem Lessig will have to fight in the Supreme Court against copyrights on thoughts. (Piraters will be busily trading copyrighted thought recordings on P2P networks, much to the consternation of the TIAA.) I predict that the Court will allow the copyrights, but will at least agree with him that the copyright terms should be less than a thousand years.

  79. Steve Imparl says:

    Congratulations! Best wishes for lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity to all of you. Here’s a short poem for the little guy and his proud parents. Enjoy.

    In the realm of the heart
    All of the tiresome battles
    And wars over ideologies
    Become still and silent.

    As we tiptoe past the room
    Where the lightly sleeping boy lies,
    Finally quiet for a few minutes,
    We check once more to hear his soothing breath.

    Like a lullaby, his gentle breathing and gurgling
    Calm his red-eyed parents
    Who’ve been spending every waking hour
    Craving sleep, but finding in its place exhausted rapture.

    Looking deeply, you can see his ancestors
    In twenty thousand generations past,
    And his descendants
    In twenty thousand more to come.

    Looking deeply, you can see the joys and sorrows
    Of all humanity merged in his tiny, helpless being.
    In him resides the universe,
    And he resides in it.

    Relish this moment,
    And drink its splendid wine.
    Know that you are savoring divinity,
    So humble yet so sublime.

    In the realm of the heart,
    Ideas, thoughts, and notions fall silent
    And bow in humble homage
    To the soul that enlivens the mind.

  80. Mark Goebel says:

    What joy!! My son is alomst 14 months and it is the best expereince. I get excited when I hear about others starting the experince I enjoy so much. I wish your family all the best.

  81. Chrissy says:


  82. Rolltroll says:

    Felicitations, tous mes voeux de bonheur � la maman!

  83. Congrats, Papa Lessig!

  84. Jeff McHugh says:

    Congratulations Professor Lessig.
    What name! Sounds like somebody special. : )

  85. Best wishes from the Swarthmore Coalition for the Digital Commons! We trust that Willem will bring you many decades of joy 🙂 Better start putting money aside for college!

  86. Bevin Kelley says:

    Best wishes and Congratulations to you and your wife!!!
    Also, great to see you speak at SFMoma last night. Many thanks for the work you are doing!

  87. pat kane says:

    the best justification for a blogging break ever… he’s beautiful, beautiful… boy, will you get even MORE radical now. Best wishes to you and your wife, hope we meet up next year when my books out in US.

  88. p says:

    Beautiful baby!

  89. Kevin says:

    Congrats. And now back to our regular programming:

    I came across this interesting Austrailian copyright law usage:

    Australian libraries are allowed to provide clients with electronic copies of copyrighted materials for purposes of study only when it has been first determined that these materials are out of print and cannot be obtained through the usual channels of retail trade. This is the case with Travels, Chapter: ‘Shangri-La’ by Michael Crichton. To obtain a copy of Travels, Chapter: ‘Shangri-La’, fill out the following mandatory information form and click ‘Request Copy’. The form will be sent to the officer in charge of the Soil And Health Library (who is Steve Solomon).

  90. alambert says:

    Congrats! 🙂

  91. Congratulations!
    This would be the nextand most important part of your life.
    Good luck and may God bless your child.

  92. Tom�s F. Serna says:

    Congratulations! If you are half as inspiring as a father as you are as a professor — and I’m sure you will at least double that –, your child and children to come will have the most fabulous dad! Fond regards from Spain! TFS

  93. Jules Polonetsky says:

    Mazel Tov! Best wishes to you both!

  94. Greg says:

    Congratulations !!!

  95. Greg says:

    Congratulations !!!

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  98. joel block says:

    This is a father-son excerpt from the most powerful book ever published on the subject, The Wrong Schwartz. ( I’ve read the book several times—and, full disclosure, I wrote it! Joel D. Block.

    Check this out…

    When I failed to score the highest on a school-wide test, my father ripped into me for so long that I nearly passed out on my feet. Then he turned and extended a strap toward me.

    “What’s that for,” I asked with terror.

    “Beat me,” he demanded.


    “Beat me for having raised a loser! You want to turn out like the Wrong Schwartz boy? Is that what you want to become? Is that what you want to make of me!”

    The Wrong Schwartz boy, as he was called, was the shining example of underachievement used by my father and fathers like him. It was shame enough if a child, especially male, was born dull. Shameful, but it couldn’t be helped. Those in my community might shake their heads about boys who simply didn’t have it. They might throw up their hands, but tragedies happen, and they would eventually understand.

    To be capable and not hard working, that was another thing altogether. The family of such an offspring might as well have moved to a leper colony.

    Harold Schwartz, older than I, in his twenties, was the firstborn of brilliant twin boys. Unlike his super-achieving brother, a Harvard law professor, he committed the unpardonable sin of having brains and not using them. He buckled under the weight of expectation and spent most of his energy making sure he would not be first in anything again. He disappointed every expectation his parents had for him. He was finally cast out of the family when he managed to get a full scholarship despite himself, then lost it due to academic failure, and appeared happy, a successful failure.

    My father thrust the strap into my hand and my body shook with a palsy of fright. He made me beat him. It would have taken a lot more courage, much more than I could muster to refuse him. The question of how free of him I might dare to be was not open for consideration. I closed my eyes and pulled back my trembling arm striking him repeatedly.

    “Harder,” he demanded. “Harder!”

    “Noooooo!” In shame and rage I felt the scalding cry come from my throat. He would not release me. The pain of beating my father was so severe that it made me moan. A river of tears fell from my eyes and down my cheeks until he granted me permission to stop. Afterwards the tears continued to flow so heavily that I saw nothing around me for several moments.

    Then I felt intense shame. Shame for failing to be the best, shame for failing my father, shame for crying. My father never cried, I wasn’t supposed to cry either. Crying was weak, and I felt shame for showing weakness.

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