Re-Imagining AccessibilityRe-imagining accessibility through the transformations of culture -- particularly the transformative promise of accessible technology for people with disabilities -- is the work of the Fair Use Lab. What does Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster have to do with accessibility? Read more: Shape-Shifters in the Fair Use Lab [MiT6 2009]
Remix: Danger MouseWill DJ Danger Mouse become the Che Guevara of digital sampling? Consider the case for fair use made by The Grey Album.
Blind PhotographersIn the moment when Paul Strand photographed her surreptitiously on the street in New York, the social engineers who created a system for licensing beggars never imagined that a blind woman had culture or could make culture. She herself may not have imagined it. Paul Strand probably didn’t give her much credit for making culture, either. Read more: Curiosity & The Blind Photographer [MiT5 2007] See more on blind photographers.
Disability As PraxisI am a parent, homeowner, knowledge worker, and person with disabilities. Oppression is not my true word, but praxis is. In Paulo Freire’s transformative work, I find an affirmation deeper than ideology or political activism -- an affirmation of the dynamic role of disability in culture. I believe the daily praxis of making adaptations and negotiating accommodations represents a significant form of cultural production. Read Disability As Praxis.
ADA 20th AnniversaryOn its 20th anniversary, pundits will debate what the Americans with Disabilities Act has accomplished. I still believe what I said in a TV interview after the ADA signing ceremony in 1990. “The ADA will not end disability discrimination overnight. But in a nation governed by the rule of law, getting it in writing is the place to start.” So what is the ADA's legacy? A Generation of Problem-Solvers.
Tag Archives: sampling
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
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
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
DJ Danger Mouse – Bush Boys
On the Media producer Rick Karr put together an excellent one-hour special on The Future of Music, which surveys how new technologies are shaking up the music industry via digital downloads, remix, crowd-sourced ratings, and new business models. One segment, They Say That I Stole This, explores digital sampling and fair use Continue reading