In conversation with Lawrence Lessig it does seem he fears the road ahead is dark and dull.
Our hope is to overcome this by public will. It has worked for the Internet community so far.
His most valuable contribution is giving a voice and a vocabulary to the issues we are feeling: it is control vs freedom. do you have to have permission to innovate? and what happens if you *have* to have permission before we innovate?
Lets work together to debug the new vocabulary because this "pirates are ripping off artists" line does not strike many of us as the real issue.