Lawrence Lessig identifies new tools for rights, rights management and copyright in his book Free Culture, where he theorizes that Internet has greatly changed our culture by affecting the degree to which we are free.
The way that property rights were formally determined is the starting point for Lessig’s argument. He draws from the past to explore just how our rights have culturally changed when it comes to property and how far our property legally reaches. By explaining how before airplanes, people could claim that their property expanded from their land to the sky above their home and to the ground below it. This all changed after the invention of the airplane.
Similarly, after the invention and rapid use of the Internet, property law have changed again. Lessig explains, “For the first time in our tradition, the ordinary ways in which individuals create and share culture fall within the reach of the regulation of the law, which has expanded to draw within its control a vast amount of culture and creativity that it never reached before.” This marks a clear change in our culture.
As far as being a copyright criminal goes, most people of my generation have probably at some time or another committed some form of piracy, especially in terms of music. It is so easy to illegally download music and movies online and so many people do it even though we are not entitled to it. This is just a side effect of how much information is readily available and shared on the Internet.