was kind enough to send me a copy of the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION vs. COPYRIGHT presentation I blogged about earlier
. This also quotes the US Supreme Court decision allowing the 2 Live Crew Parody of 'Oh pretty woman'. I remembered Joichi Ito making a comment about remixing at the Internet Governance Forum; a trawl back came up with this inspiring quote (via Intellectual Property Watch
); â€œIto added that the editing of multimedia has become an essential part of social discourse in the United States, and that â€œbeing able to share and remix video and music is vitalâ€ to political debate. But he said copyright law is interfering with political commentary by preventing the use of video material. â€œI think weâ€™re inhibiting an entirely new form of free speech,â€ he saidâ€.
Well, i think that nails it - all this mixing and mashing is the emergent free speech of our times.can dialectics break bricks?
But of course, this is a mode of counter-hegemonic expression with a pedigree. As Lawrence Liang points out in the The Black and White (and Grey) of Copyright
, the Situationist International were putting this in to practice in the 1960's and 70's (and he reckons they were inspired by the late romantic poet LautrÃ©amont!)
[Note 1] For a Human Rights geek like myself, it's doubly cool that mashups are the frontline of of expression, because I reckon that technology mashups are the current tech trend with the biggest potential for online activism.
[Note 2] For a good example of a Situationist mashup (aka detournement), check out "Can Dialectics Break Bricks?" by RenÃ© ViÃ©net.