The First Amendment is alive but it must be interpreted and applied wisely in the context of our amazing digital age. While protection of political dissent is vital in a free society, as important today as it ever was, the protection must extend much further into every realm of human endeavor: arts, science, and all matters that people wish to think and speak about in human culture. We must be vigilant to preserve this enormous democratic resource and to work for a definition of free expression that recognizes the importance of individual creativity and expression and does not unduly protect intellectual property to the extent that it endangers the enormous creativity associated with free speech.

Barry R. Schaller is an Associate Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court. He is the author of several books on law and serves as a part-time instructor and lecturer at Yale Law School and Quinnipiac University School of Law. This talk was delivered at Sacred Heart University on September 17, 2008, as the Annual Constitution Day Lecture.



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