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ITP Driveby: Creativity, Copyright, and Control

Notes from the ITP Driveby I taught last night (October 8, 2009, 9:30 PM).  Now with audio!



Copyright, copyleft, copy-what? We will discuss the various copyright/intellectual property issues faced by artists, designers, and other creators of content. Learn how to use Creative Commons and other open licenses to share and protect your work.


Start with a video: A Shared Culture

What is “intellectual property?”

Is it like real property? Or is it a “mirage”?

Copyright, Patents, and Trademark

What is copyright?

A restriction on free speech?

A temporary monopoly on the use, reproduction, and transmission of a creative work?

Copyright vs. “Right of Authorship?”

The current copyright system is broken

Copyright can be an incentive to creativity, but copyright can also get in the way.

Copies vs. Use

Atoms vs. Bits

Fair use? Free use?

Solutions? Creative Commons is one possibility.

What is CC?

How to use CC licenses

How to license your work

How to find CC-licensed work

What I did last summer – OpenEd

Learn More

Online Resources

Creative Commons – Learn more about Creative Commons the organization, find out how others are using CC licenses, and license your own work

Digital Copyright Slider – tool for determining whether works first published in the US are protected by copyright based on date of first publication

Fair Use Evaluator – online tool to help you better understand how to determine the “fairness” of a use under the US law

Public Domain Sherpa – online “calculator” helps you determine if a given work is in the public domain

Copyright, Commerce, and Culture – NYU course taught by ITP alum and Creative Commons Product Manager Fred Benenson. Lots of links to articles and discussion about copyright.


Good Copy/Bad Copy – Danish documentary about the current state of copyright and culture

RiP: A Remix Manifesto – Canadian documentary film about copyright and remix culture.

Steal This Film – a series of documentaries about the movement against intellectual property

Books (free digital downloads)

CONTENT: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future, Corey Doctorow

Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity, Lawrence Lessig

Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy, Lawrence Lessig

Tales from the Public Domain: Bound By Law? – comic book that explains copyright basics; Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins

Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own – historical overview of the “digital commons” from GNU/Linux to Creative Commons, David Bollier

Glossaries and Terminology

Brown University Copyright Glossary

Cornell Law School US Copyright Law Definitions

US Copyright Office Definitions


Video: A Shared Culture

I borrowed some slides from Fred Benenson for my presentation

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