Remix Culture & Copyright: Home

This guide corresponds to the Spring 2013 National Library Week screening of the documentary film RiP!: A Remix Manifesto. The guide contains resources to learn more about remix culture and copyright issues in the information age.

Definitions

Remix Culture

"Remix culture is a society that allows and encourages derivative works by combining or editing existing materials to produce a new product.[1] A remix culture would be, by default, permissive efforts to improve upon, change, integrate, or otherwise remix the work of copyright holders" (Remix culture, 2013).

Copyright

"Exclusive right to reproduce, publish, or sell an original work of authorship. It protects from unauthorized copying any published or unpublished work that is fixed in a tangible medium (including a book or manuscript, musical score or recording, script or dramatic production, painting or sculpture, or blueprint or building). It does not protect matters such as an idea, process, or system. Protection in the U.S. now extends for the life of the creator plus 70 years after his or her death. Works made for hire are now protected for a maximum of 95 years from the date of publication or 120 years from the date of the creation of the work" (Merriam-Webster, n.d.).

References

Copyright. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster Online. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copyright

Remix culture. (2013). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remix_culture