“Open Source Culture”

I had a great time talking about “Open Source Culture” with Marc Garrett on Furtherfield‘s Resonance FM radio show last night.

Here’s a mini “Open Source Culture” reader for anyone who wants to find out more about this area:

Culture is Public Because Meaning Is

Sal Randolph

http://salrandolph.com/text/9/culture-is-public-because-meaning-is

In Their Own Words

Joy Garnett

http://www.nyfa.org/level3.asp?id=349&fid=6&sid=17


Open Source and Collective Art Practice

Saul Albert

http://twenteenthcentury.com/saul/os.htm


Open Source Art

Jon Phillips

http://rejon.org/media/cvsbook/cvsbook/src/openSourceArt/openSourceArt-phillips.doc.pdf


Open Source Art Again

Rob Myers

https://github.com/robmyers/open_source_art/

(Original, shorter version)
http://robmyers.wpengine.com/weblog/2006/09/20/open-source-art-again/


Why Art Should Be Free

Jon Ippolito

http://three.org/ippolito/writing/why_art_should_be_free/

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Artistic Freedom Of Speech Under Threat

In the US a judge has declared a series of paintings illegal because of copyright. They cannot be shown by their owners:

http://www.edwardwinkleman.com/2011/03/appropriation-prohibition-or-why-i.html

This will have a chilling effect on artistic production in the US. It’s also deeply silly.

In the EU a clothing manufacturer is suing an artist for making a painting including an image of one of their handbags. Again:

http://eyeteeth.blogspot.com/2011/03/louis-vuitton-sues-artist-nadia-plesner.html

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110316/01551613518/louis-vuitton-wins-lawsuit-supressing-artwork-about-lv-ish-bag—-genocide-maybe.shtml

This would have a chilling effect on artistic production in the EU if we had any kind of Fair Use culture here to chill.

But don’t worry, Fair Use still applies to lawyers’ blogs when they want to explain that it shouldn’t apply to artists:

http://artmeetslaw.blogspot.com/2011/03/as-simple-as-asking-for-permission.html

Permission culture and censorship may seem reasonable when they don’t apply to you. But they’re not.

This is the worst environment I’ve seen for artistic freedom in the West in some years. We urgently need to promote and protect artistic freedom as part of free culture and freedom of speech in general.