O’Reilly’s annual Open Source Convention has taken on a strong political atmosphere this year with rising alarms sounding at the broad damage current U.S. legislation and Supreme Court cases may do to the creative engine which gave rise to the Internet Age.

Prof. Lawrence Lessig warned that “never before has there existed such control of culture by so few. We’ve done nothing to stop them from making this a less and less free society.” Lessig plans to devote himself to a forthcoming Supreme Court appearance, and to his new endeavor, the Creative Commons.