Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rip! A Remix Manifesto

Meet Girl Talk. Today we're going to make a mash-up, find out who Girl Talk is, and why his music holds the key to the future of culture.

Copyright vs Copyleft. Let's explore the remixers manifesto.

Culture always builds on the past. Did Muddy Waters build on the blues? And did Led Zeppelin build on Muddy Waters? Does Girl Talk need permission to build on all of it?

Asking permission. What would happen if Girl Talk asked permission to sample from the people who own the history of music?

The past tries to control the future. The Internet was not the first technology to disrupt business models. From the printing press to the player piano, one generation is always calling the next a "pirate."

Lawrence Lessig gives Brett some advice. Lessig has been traveling the globe for over a decade trying to convince the world to re-think copyright. We asked him for some legal advice.

Open source cinema. Today's remixers are building a new literacy and they're leaning on a tradition much older than Girl Talk.

Cory Doctorow and the King of Remix. Walt Disney, the biggest remixer of all, built an empire from remixing fairy tales from the public domain. Why can't we do to Mickey Mouse what Walt did to the Brothers Grimm?

Culture jam! Remixers are fighting back. Meet Negativland, the original Culture Jammers.

Our culture is becoming less free. In the US, copyright laws are allowing record companies to sue preachers, single moms and even dead people. My country – Canada – is being pressured to adopt this approach to intellectual property. Is yours?

Radio Head – Paris Hilton – Girl Talk. The Internet may be a highway of piracy for some, but not for many musicians. It is providing them access to a whole world of fans. The music industry is evolving, and in the process, providing a road map for all areas of our culture.

Open Source art in Brazil. Do we have to beg permission to build on the past? In Brazil, a balance has been struck between intellectual property and the public domain.

The Revolution will be digitized. We could all learn a little from the Mouse Liberation Front. The future is ours!


In the Library:

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