The notion that intellectual property rights should never expire, and works never enter the public domain — this is the truly fanatical and unconstitutional position

Jonathan Zittrain, a co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School: via NYT, Tyranny of Copyright, 2004

We are invoking ideas that should be central to the American tradition, such as that a free society is richer than a control society. But in the cultural sphere, big media wants to build a new Soviet empire where you need permission from the central party to do anything.

Laurence Lessig, Stanford at the time, now Harvard: via NYTTyranny of Copyright, 2004