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Fibbing to Clear the Rights for “Hard Knock Life”

In his Decoded book tour interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Jay-Z tells the story of how he cleared the copyright to sample “Hard Knock Life” from the musical Annie. The result became a hip-hop classic, “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).” Continue reading

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Jay-Z Blesses The Grey Album Remix

Jay-Z is promoting a new book called Decoded. In an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross asked him what he thought about Danger Mouse’s Grey Album, the legendary mashup of Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album. As Gross notes, the mashup was made without any copyright permission, although she didn’t explain that Jay-Z made his vocal tracks freely available for remixing. Continue reading

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Siva Vaidhyanathan on “Copyrights and Copywrongs”

Siva Vaidhyanathan talks about Copyrights and Copywrongs at Columbia University’s Art & Technology Lecture Series in 2004. He draws on his book of the same name, citing examples of musical sampling including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Led Zeppelin, and hip-hop culture. Continue reading

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“Fair Use: Information Piracy & Creative Commons in Contemporary Art & Design”

Fair Use is a multimedia exhibition that looks at how the copying, sampling, and recycling of existing material is being used as a creative tool in contemporary culture. The exhibition sets out to foster discussion through the examination of work by contemporary artists and designers who develop alternatives to the way we share ideas, images and objects. Continue reading

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What Is Fair Use in a Bar/Bri World?

As the song by Aqua goes, “Life is plastic. It’s fantastic.” You can quote that much and claim the protection of fair use. Appropriate much more of the song, or the iconic 50-something doll the song celebrates, and Mattel’s IP … Continue reading

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