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Books & Articles

Barthes, Roland. "The Death of the Author." Image/Music/Text. New York: Hill and Wang, 1977.

Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Illuminations: Essays and reflections. New York: Schocken, 1969.

Benkler, Yochai. The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

Berenson, Frederick. "The darkside of the :Cuecat." Presentation.

Bezroukov, Nikolai. "Open Source Software Development as a Special Type of Academic Research (Critique of Vulgar Raymondism)." First Monday, volume 4, no. 10. October 1999.

Biddle, Peter, Paul England, Marcus Peinado, and Bryan Willman. "The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution."In ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management, November 18, 2002. Text

Bourriaud, Nicholas. Postproduction. New York: Lukas & Sternberg, 2005.

Buskirk, Martha. The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003.

Carlson, Scott. "In the Copyright Wars, This Scholas Sides With the Anarchists: NYU's Siva Vaidhyanathan wants to keep the stuff of culture out of the hands of the information oligarchs." The Chronicle of Higher Education: Information Technology: November 19, 2004. Text

Critical Art Ensemble. "Utopian Plagiarism, Hypertextuality, and Electronic Cultural Production." Critical Issues in Electronic Media, Simon Penny, ed. New York: SUNY Press, 1994.

Cummings, Alex. "Open Source, Open Frontiers: Global Culture." PowerPoint Presentation.

Cunard, Jeffrey. "Making Art, Making Law: When Worlds Collide?" Columbia University, October 28, 2004. (online lecture)

DeLanda, Manuel. "The Virtual Breeding of Sound." In Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008.

Demers, Joanna. Steal This Music: How Intellectual Property Law Affects Musical Creativity. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006.

Digital Connections Council of the Committee for Economic Development. "Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth: The Special Problem of Digital Intellectual Property" March 2004.

Doctorow, Cory. "Microsoft Research DRM Talk."June 17, 2004. Text

Drucker, Joanna. "Review: Dada Collage and Photomontage." Art Journal, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Winter, 1993)

Free Expression Policy Project, The. "The Progress of Science and Useful Arts: Why Copyright Today Threatens Intellectual Freedom."New York, 2003.

Foucault, Michel. "What is an Author?" In Language, Counter-Memory, Practice. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977. pp.124-127.

Garnett, Joy. "Steal This Look" Intelligent Agent, Vol. 4 No. 2, Spring 2004. Text

Gladwell, Malcolm. "Something Borrowed: Should a charge of plagiarism ruin your life?" The New Yorker: 22 November 2004. Text

Goldsmith, Kenneth. "The Bride Stripped Bare: Nude Media and The Dematerialization of Tony Curtis."

Greenberg, Clement: "Collage." 1959.

Hunter, Dan, "Culture War." August 10, 2004.

Ippolito, Jon. "Why Art Should Be Free." August 2002. Text

Jordan, Ken, and Paul D. Miller. "Freeze Frame--Sound in the Era of Digital Networks." Text

Katyal, Sonia, "Semiotic Disobedience" . Washington University Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 2, 2006 Available at SSRN:

Katz, Mark. Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Keller, Daphne. "The Musician as Thief: Digital Culture and Copyright Law." Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture. Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 2008.

Krauss, Rosalind, "In the Name of Picasso." October, Spring 1981.

Krauss, Rosalind, "The Originality of the Avant-Garde." The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths. Cambridge: MIT Press. 1985.

Landes, William M. "Copyright, Borrowed Images and Appropriation Art: An Economic Approach". U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 113. December 2000.

Larkin, Brian. "Degraded Images, Distorted Sounds: Nigerian Video and the Infrastructure of Piracy." Public Culture 16.2, 289-314, 2004.

Lessig, Lawrence. "Copyright in the Digital Age." Transcript of online discussion., April 14, 2004. Text

Lessig, Lawrence. "Free Culture." July 24, 2002. (online lecture)

Lessig, Lawrence. "Share/Share Alike: A Panel Discussion with Prof. Lawrence Lessig" Intelligent Agent, Vol. 4 No. 2, Spring 2004. Text

Lessig, Lawrence. Remix. London: Bloomsbury, 2008.

Levy, Steven. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. Garden City, New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1984.

Liptak, Adam In the Fight Over Piracy, a Rare Stand for Privacy. New York Times, December 31, 2007.

Lohr, Steve. "In Competitive Move, I.B.M. Puts Code in Public Domain." New York Times, August 3, 2004.

Miller, Paul D. AKA Dj Spooky That Subliminal Kid. Rhythm Science. Cambridge: Mediawork/MIT Press. 2004

Miller, Paul D. AKA Dj Spooky That Subliminal Kid, ed. Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture. Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 2008.

Miller, Paul D. AKA Dj Spooky That Subliminal Kid. "Uncanny/Unwoven."

Moglen, Eben, "Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright."First Monday, 1999.

Moglen, Eben. "Freeing the Mind: Free Software and the Death of Proprietary Culture." University of Maine Law School's Fourth Annual Technology and Law Conference, Portland, June 29, 2003.

Morley, Paul. Words and Music: A History of Pop in the Shape of a City. Athens: University of Georgia, 2005.

Open Source Initiative, "The Open Source Definition."

Oswald, John. "Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative" Wired Society Electro-Acoustic Conference, Toronto, 1985. Also available here:

Prelinger, Rick. "Remarks on Appropriation Art." Illegal Art panel, San Francisco Art Institute, July 27, 2003. Also available here:

Quin, Douglas. "Digital Sampling, the Mimetic Impulse and Appropriation in Modern Art" The Journal for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Vol. IX, No. 1 (April 1994).

Raymond, Eric. "The Cathedral and the Bazaar." 2000.

Raymond, Eric. "Homesteading the Noosphere." 2000.

Robleto, Dario. "I Love Everything Rock and Roll (Except the Music)." NAAO journal, Field Guide, 1999-2000.

Rutledge, Virginia, Lawrence Lessig, and Allan R. Adler. "Slouching Towards Alexandria: A Roundtable On Google's Library Project". Bookforum, February/March, 2006. Also available here:

Samuels, Edward. The Illustrated Story of Copyright. 2000.

SFMOMA. "CopyArt: The Impact of Copyright on New Media Art." Transcript of panel discussion. September 24, 2003.

Sheridan, Robert. "When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink, the Birth of Dissent, and a Brief History of Record Industry Suicide." October 24, 2007.

Shulgin, Alexei. "Open Sources in Net Art." Transcription of lecture at Mikro e.V., Berlin, Germany. Also available here:

Smith, Roberta. "When One Man's Video Art Is Another's Copyright Crime." New York Times, May 6, 2004. Review of Jon Routson's exhibition of video shot in cinemas.

Stallman, Richard. "Gnu Manifesto." 1993.

Sundaram, Ravi. "Recycling Modernity: Pirate electronic cultures in India" The Sarai Reader 2001: The Public Domain, 93-99.

Vaidhyanathan, Siva. Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity. New York: New York University Press, 2001.

Wark, McKenzie. "A Hacker Manifesto." 2004.

Wees, William. Recycled Images: The Art and Politics of Found Footage Films. New York: Anthology Film Archives, 1993.

Other Media

Spin. Dir. Brian Springer, 1992.

The Battle of Algiers. Mark Lafia and Fang-Yu Lin, 2006.

CODeDOC, an exhibition of software art projects commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art for ArtPort, the museum's net art portal.

The Color of Love. Dir. Peggy Ahwesh, 1994.

A Fair Use Tail. Dir. Eric Faden.

Lessons from Fashion's Free Culture (TED Talk). Johanna Blakley, 2010.

Look. Dir. Adam Rifkin. Captured Films, 2007.

A Movie. Dir. Bruce Connor, 1958.

I Am Sitting in a Room. Alvin Lucier, 1969.

Grin Without a Cat. Dir. Chris Marker, 1977.

Peggy and Fred in Hell. Dir. Leslie Thornton, 1984-90.

RIP: A Remix Manifesto. Dir. Brett Gaylor, 2008. An open-source documentary about Girl Talk, copyright, etc.

Society of the Spectacle. Dir. Guy Debord, 1973.

Starwars Uncut. Casey Pugh, 2010.

Steal This Film. The League of Noble Peers, August 21, 2006.

Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman. Dir. Dara Birnbaum, 1978-80.

Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America. Dir. Craig Baldwin, 1991.

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