Sadie at Extremely Graphic blog has really gotten me thinking about creativity and copyright issues. I’m beginning to be a Lawrence Lessig fan, and when I saw him on the Colbert Report recently I became intrigued again with our antiquated thinking about copyright and artistic expression. In promoting his new book Remix (which I have already mentioned on this blog), by the way there are remixes of the interview everywhere on youtube.
Here is a YouTube of Lessig….
Lessig’s blog provides all kinds of discussion on this topic including interviews, and lectures of Lessig explaining his views on copyright and creative collaboration.
Spider Robinson, in 1983 wrote a short story called Melancholy Elephants that addresses what Sadie and Lim, the Vidder are talking about. Thanks to his use of the Creative Commons you can read the story for yourself.
So maybe it’s time to re-think art, re-think copyright, use collaboration more and explore what all these issues mean to us and do they create unnecessary limitations on creative expression when everyone is worried about violating copyright. And is art finite? Are there any cheerful elephants?