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Via [personal profile] cesperanza :

Joseph Gordon Levitt and Jay Smooth are making a Remix documentary, and Cesperanza points out that it would be awesome to see representation of fannish remix on it.  I concur.  Record yourself answering these three questions:

EVERYONE W/ A CAMERA: RECord yourself on Camera answering these 3 questions:
1) Give an example of a remix in history. Think of something that many people might not think was a remix.
2) When did you remix something that someone else created? What was that experience like? Be specific.
3) When has something you created been remixed? What did it feel like? Be specific.

Speaking of JGL, I just saw an ad for his new movie Don Jon and the web url listed for the movie was a tumblr address.  Now there's a man who knows his audience, and where to target his advertizing.  Phenomenal.

Also, the OTW's Legal team are looking for your personal fandom stories:

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) are seeking public comments on copyright policy issues, including the legal framework for the creation of remixes.... Our attorneys will use your stories to explain to these agencies, which are likely to propose new legislation about copyright, why any change in copyright law should favor freedom to make transformative works. We succeeded before with the DMCA remix exemptions, but only because we were able to share specific stories from vidders. Now we need stories of all kinds.

They need your stories by October 10, more info here.

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I came across the Everything is a Remix videos recently, and that made me remember some others I'd wanted to share but never did:

Everything is a Remix by Kirby Ferguson, and the related TED Talk he gave on the same topic which includes a few different examples.  He did an excellent job showing the way some of the most influential art and technology 'stood on the shoulders of giants'.

Larry Lessig's TED Talk on copyright - this one is from 2007, but I think it's still relevant.  His argument for a common meeting ground between the extremes is appealing.

A Broad Abroad's comment on Robin Hob's fanfic rant. - I had never seen the remix of that painting before, and I think it's amazing

[personal profile] bookshop 's I'm done explaining why fanfic is ok - brilliant response to the whole 'fanfic is immoral and illegal' argument.

The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Letham

I'm not entirely sure what to think of copyright.  I believe firmly in creators making a living off their work.  But I also believe that remix culture - which includes parts of fandom, in my opinion - is an inherent urge, and not one that anyone has the right to stamp out.  The more I read/watch about it, the more amazed I am to find examples of remixing all through history.  So where do we draw the line so artists get paid, but no one is getting sued for making fanvids or referencing the great art that came before by sampling and so on?  I certainly don't have the answer to that, but it's something I ruminate on occasionally.


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