New Copyright Alliance Formed In D.C.

12 Jun

Fans of the Mickey Mouse Protection Act will be glad to hear that a new copyright alliance has been formed, intending to further strengthen copyright laws. (Regular slashdot readers will not be surprised to hear . . . “I for one welcome our copyright-law-promoting overlords!”)

Those of us who are not great fans of the MMPA, on the other hand, may be a tad concerned that things are going too far. Lautreamont once wrote “Plagiarism is necessary. Progress demands it.” The Qlipoth blog has an interesting commentary on this quote:

The type of plagiarism needed is taking up, a making one’s own of ideas. Just as in the best experiences of drugs, riots, music, sex, and perhaps others – the boundaries of where one begins and another ends become blurred, but not erased – plagiarism must do the same. Plagiarism as detournement, but directed less at changing the original than at producing the new.

As society becomes increasingly post-modern, so must art. Did Andy Warhol commit plagiarism by re-appropriating the famous Campbell Soup can? Are mash-up videos inherently plagiarist? Where is the line, and who gets to draw it?

3 Responses to “New Copyright Alliance Formed In D.C.”

  1. Eric June 12, 2007 at 8:05 pm #

    All I know is: never mix Peanuts cartoons with Outkast songs. That’ll get you noticed. LOL

  2. Joe G Garcia June 27, 2007 at 2:13 pm #

    If I should open a “children’s daycare” and issue flyers with disney’s characters, would I be abusing their copyrights? if so , how? and what can I do, whom can I contact, in order to be able to use them on my flyers?

  3. Kitty-chan June 27, 2007 at 3:08 pm #

    Interesting you should ask that Joe . . . this article on might give you a little context. You might also want to read this Jim Hill article

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