Open Source Culture Spring 10 - Mediography

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Project Presentations

Erik Maser's Presentation (Google Docs)

Art/Media Projects

Fry, Ben and Casey. Processing. An "open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions."

Walker, Kelley. "With a computer and a flatbed scanner, Kelley Walker turns squirts of toothpaste into colorful abstractions, photographs objects such as cutout cereal boxes, and scans archival images for reproduction; he then uses Photoshop to layer his scanned images in superflat collages or to enlarge them to make equally flat sculptures."

Hillen, Seán. "Hillen's work uses photomontage and collage to explore Irish national identity and to critique the media and political ideologies through which it has historically been constructed." - Maha Atal

Evolution Control Committee. An "experimental music band... [that] uses uncleared and illegal samples from various sources as a form of protest against copyright law."

[Thayer, Páll].

Game Mods - A Different Sort of Play.

Aleksandra Mir

Kutiman. Thru You .

Tarbell, Jared.

[Sodeoka, Yoshi].

Moore, R. Stevie.

Books & Articles

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

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)." Available at

Biddle, Peter, Paul England, Marcus Peinado, and Bryan Willman. "The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution"

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

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.

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.

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"

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

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

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

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

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

Ippolito, Jon. "Why Art Should Be Free"

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

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

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

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.

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

Lessig, Lawrence. Remix. London: Bloomsbury, 2008. Free PDF available at

Liptak, Adam In the Fight Over Piracy, a Rare Stand for Privacy

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. "Uncanny/Unwoven"

Moglen, Eben. "Freeing the Mind: Free Software and the Death of Proprietary Culture"

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" 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).

Robleto, Dario. "I Love Everything Rock and Roll (Except the Music)."

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:

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."

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.

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

Tsiouris, Natasha. "Applications and Interpretations of Prof. Landes' Approach" PowerPoint.

Film & Video

A Fair Use Tail. Dir. Eric Faden.

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

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

Steal This Film

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