I was collecting emails to try and put together a write up of the talk Lessig gave in Auckland last week. Fortunately Public Address has pulled in Matthew Poole to do this task.
Excellent description here.
There is a lot in the write up of interest, but for me the money quote is this:
"The point was that eventually the measures employed in trying to fight such "wars" ends up crossing the lines that society draws around civil liberties, and the intangible cost to society becomes greater than any actual benefit. Professor Lessig contends that the "copyright war" has now reached that point".
NZ is rolling past that point at an alarming speed.