The first chapter of Larry Lessig's new book, 'Free Culture' is available here. His arguments seem even more lucid than ever - as he describes a world in which private control is extending to areas where people were previously free to engage with popular culture legally. The Internet has heralded a new era in the democratisation of culture, where individuals are able to publish, create and innovate using pretty inexpensive, accessible tools. When private control extends to the Internet, where a great deal of creativity occurs, we are denied the freedom to play, build on and manipulate culture in ways that we were previously able to do in unregulated space. I remember as a child singing to a popular song and taping my voice along with the original. If I was a kid today, I would have digitised the track and put it onto my personal website - where I would've been discovered for the rock star that I secretly am. Or jailed for copyright infringement. Whichever came first.