Remixers are not pirates or lawbreakers. We actually make some of the best (not to mention funniest and most entertaining) examples of Fair Use in action. But we need to know the law, our rights under it and assert these rights when needed.
We’re at a pivotal point in remix culture: artists and creators and makers have a working understanding of Fair Use; we talk about at conferences, on Twitter and of course on YouTube. But for all the talk, we’re still confused about how to use it and our Fair Use work is continually threatened by takedowns and copyright violations. As a result, when forced to defend or dispute the legality of our work, we often succumb to myths that favor the copyright holder over ourselves as creators. My Eyebeam/Public Knowledge installation, Fair Use(r), seeks to shed light on this dynamic through crowd sourcing data on artists experiences’ negotiating Fair Use in remix culture. Anyone can participate, starting today, right here.
The stories embedded in the collected data will be used to form a remix series and interactive installation where visitors can make their own mash ups, remove other peoples work and defend their own, in a trial of their peers, in real life and in real time. This project was informed by my own experiences as a remix artist and with the support of Public Knowledge and Eyebeam, I feel lucky and honored to make it come to life.
Your responses to this short survey will remain anonymous and confidential and will greatly help lawyers, activists and artists continue to advocate against the unlawful removal or disabling of Fair Use content.
If you know of someone who has experienced any removal or disabling of content due to copyright please direct them to this survey. The survey closes October 23rd (NOTE: Extended to 24th due to popular demand.)
Feel free to Tweet the $%!@ out of this: Sample tweets!
- If everything is a remix then why was mine removed? Participate in the National Survey of #FairUse. http://bit.ly/17EGGZn
- It’s not piracy, it’s #FairUse. Help @popcultpirate, @publicknowledge & @eyebeamnyc keep remix online http://bit.ly/17EGGZn
- Shepard Fairey + Richard Prince had legal counsel. Who will defend your #FairUse work when removed? http://bit.ly/17EGGZn