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Slides for a talk given by Aram Sinnreich to the Russian government and Google in Moscow, Spring 2011. Part of a daylong conference on intellectual property in the digital age, this talk focuses on ...

Slides for a talk given by Aram Sinnreich to the Russian government and Google in Moscow, Spring 2011. Part of a daylong conference on intellectual property in the digital age, this talk focuses on six communities (three traditional, three emerging) that thrive in the absence of traditional copyright controls

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  • 1. Innovation and Ownership in Creative Communities
    Aram Sinnreich, Ph.D.Rutgers University School of Communication & Information
  • 2. Traditional Culture: Quilting
    • Poor, rural community in Alabama, US
    • 3. No concept of authorship or copyright…
    • 4. …UNTIL a lawsuit against the art dealers who “discovered” their work
  • Traditional Culture: Food
    Robin Wickens,
    Melbourne’s Interlude
    Wylie Dufresne,
    WD-50
    "We all plagiarize all the time. All we can do is stand on the shoulders of the people before us. It's a grey area. None of us is completely innocent.”
    - Wylie Dufresne
    “I guess I did something bad and have to pay the punishment - but it happens a lot more regularly than people realize.”
    - Robin Wickens
  • 5. Traditional Culture: Fashion
    “I don't think this diminishes Balenciaga's creativity at all. . . My question is always: Who can do it better? We're all savvy enough to know what's been borrowed and what hasn't.”
    - Julie Gilhart, Barney’s NY
    “Yes, I made a mistake. Now my team and I laugh about it, but at the time I was hurt by some of the things people wrote. But yes, absolutely I made a mistake. It was my fault.”
    - Nicolas Ghesquiere
    Kaisik Wong
    1973
    Nicolas Ghesquiere
    2002
  • 6. Emerging Culture: Mashups
    Danger Mouse, The Grey Album, 2004
    “Unfair competition and dilution of our valuable property.”
    - EMI
    “Best Album of 2004”
    - Entertainment Weekly
    "I think it was a really strong album. I champion any form of creativity, and that was a genius idea”
    - Jay-Z
  • 7. Emerging Culture: Dojinshi & Fan Subs
    “Companies like industry leader ADV wouldn’t have been successful without a fansubbing-built customer base. Indeed, the founders of ADV wouldn’t even have known about anime without fansubs.” – IP Attorney Jordan Hatcher
    “Without fan distribution, the fan network, the domestic industry, and thus the anime explosion, would not have taken off as it did in the 1990s.”
    - Sean Leonard, MIT
  • 8. Emerging Culture: Filipino Cover Bands
    Arnel Pineda
    Journey
    The Zoo
    • 2007: Journey hires Pineda as frontman after seeing his YouTube cover videos
    • 9. 2008: Journey’s “Revelation” album goes platinum
    • 10. 2008: Concert revenues for the band top $35,000,000
  • Thank you. Спасибо.
    Aram Sinnreich, Ph.D.sinn@rutgers.edu