Copyright, Intellectual Property + Remix

The Australian Copyright Council is an independent non-profit organisation that provides information, advice and training about copyright in Australia. Browse their copyright overview, and write a brief blog post that includes a link to the A.C.C. and answers these copyright questions:

How do you get copyright?
How long does copyright last?
What are examples of what is not covered by copyright?
Can remixes be protected by copyright? ( browse by ‘musician’ )

Eugenia has provided a good overview of the the key terms and issues involved with copyright.

Other Copyright Resources:

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

From the RMIT Policies and Procedures online guide:

What is plagiarism? Presenting the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited.

And On The Other Hand…

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
— Jim Jarmusch ( via )

How Do We Bridge The Worlds of Law, Creativity + Technology?
Lawrence Lessig, a Professor of law, copyright specialist and prominent author, has exploring this terrain for sometime now, each of his books exploring a facet relevant to this week’s explorations:
Code and other Laws of Cyberspace – who controls the architecture of cyberspace?
Free Culture – the public domain of ideas, technology and the law.
Remix – Can commercial entities leverage value from sharing economies, a future benefitting both commerce and community?

Masternewmedia provides a good overview of Lessig, and the culture of remix. See also the Lessig video archives.

50 min Lessig video on remix / Lessig at T.E.D. ( 20 mins )

Good Copy, Bad Copy ( Denmark, 2007 )


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One Response to “Copyright, Intellectual Property + Remix”

  1. Final Project Thoughts « Rmitmusic09′s Blog Says:

    […] is why we dedicated an entire week of the subject to Copyright ( See: Copyright, Intellectual Property + Remix ), and explored the ideas of Creative Commons […]

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