Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Larry Lessig on the Remix

In his 2008 book Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in a Hybrid Economy, copyright reformer, author and Harvard Professor Larry Lessig wrote:
Larry Lessig
Harvard Law Professor

..."But anyone who thinks remixes or mash-ups are neither original nor creative has very little idea about how they are made or what makes them great. It takes extraordinary knowledge about culture to remix it well. The artist or student training to do it well learns far more about his past than one committed to this (in my view, hopelessly naive) view about "original creativity." And perhaps more important, the audience is constantly looking for more as the audience reads what the remixer has written."... (page 93)
Lessig speaks out frequently on the creative use and cultural function of the remix and the need for copyright reform:

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