Here are some ways to educate yourself and get involved in the copyfight.
If you're looking for a much more flexible alternative to the current copyright model-
A model based on the open source movement-
A Stanford Law School professor who has done a great deal to help shape the arguments against the current model-
Helping to fight for citizen's rights in a digital age-
Exhibition of art that pushes the boundaries of sample culture-
This is just a small sample of interesting links to get you started.
Create something and share it.
Support those artists who do the same.
Encourage those who don't.
Lather, rinse, and repeat.
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Tofuhut has a great piece about the Sinatra/Biggie mashup and the recent court case that stopped sales of Biggie's '94 album Ready to Die.
This kind of stuff makes me ill. Who benefits from these suits? Let me see... record companies/lawyers?!? The line between protecting the artist and stifling the creative process has been erased a long time ago. This goes way beyond hip hop and music sampling. Can anyone point to one art form that doesn't borrow from something else? Art is cannibalistic.
I'm all for protecting the artist, but we have to figure out a new way to deal with the issues of intellectual property. The techno-genie is out of the bottle. We better focus on our three wishes. And no, we can't wish for unlimited wishes.