Uncommon Law

Lawrence Lessig has pioneered a new approach to copyright

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Lawrence Lessig leads an unusual life for a Stanford law professor. He pals around with rock stars like Jeff Tweedy and David Byrne. Christopher Lloyd portrayed him in an episode of the topical political TV show, "The West Wing."

Why the fuss? Because Lessig, the founder of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, is spearheading the high-tech fight for what he calls "free culture." Lessig's approach is modeled on the free software movement, which promotes a software license that ensures that the source code for computer programs can be examined and modified without the control of proprietary software developers and without the payment of a license fee.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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