Legal Life Cycle 6


This page is a remix from the presentation of the Design the Public Domain workshop at MICA, and sources from Copy This Book.

Free Art License

Creative Commons

GNU Manifesto

Libre Objet, Diverted Derived Design

Copying, adapting/modifying, forking, mixing/merging… + glossary

Louise Druhle, Design fluide, Open Source

Eric Schrijver, No one starts from scratch type design and the logic of the fork

Ferguson, Kirby. Everything Is a Remix (Remastered 2015 HD).

The idea that art and culture are built upon each other is something of a truism: Ferguson goes ‘show don’t tell’ on this principle.

Aoki, Keith, James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins. Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain.

This comic produced by the Center for the Study of the Public Domain explains copyright basics and goes into detail about the concept of Fair Use: when is it legally acceptable to use (part) of a copyrighted work? Its main audience is documentary makers but it largely applies to graphic design as well.

Boyle, James. The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind.

Kelty, Christopher M. Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software.

Much of the grassroots protests against the overreach of copyright originates not from the arts, but from software development. The communities around free and Open Source software provide alternative models for licensing, collaboration and distribution. Kelty analyses the influence of these movements and the potential significance for other cultural areas.

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

Law scholar Lessig’s influential account of what’s wrong with intellectual property laws today. Lessig has played a role in the creation of Creative Commons.

Woodmansee, Martha. The Author, Art, and the Market: Rereading the History of Aesthetics. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

One of the fundamental concepts underlying copyright is the author. Woodmansee thoroughly dissects the modern notion of the author and explains how it has come about historically.