Free and Creative Culture

Bill Moyers' Address to the National Conference for Media, Memphis, Tennessee (January 2007).
The video is in two parts; be sure to see both.  A transcript of the speech can be found below the window for Part II.

A Fair(Y) Use Tale by the Media Education Foundation uses snippets of Disney films to explain fair use. 
Worth watching.

Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School: "The Creative Commons"
Once at the Princeton site, you may choose to:
scroll down to February 20, 2003
Use your browser to search the page for "creative"

Sabotage: A case study in fair use [NOT] Derivatives have been blocked (6/11/2012)

These videos provide a fine case study of how creativity is grounded in existing material; they exemplify the issue about which Lawrence Lessig has been talking for some time.

Music video of Sabotage by the Beastie Boys

A derivative video of Sabotage titled Galactica

A side-by-side comparison of the two that makes the creative move all the more impressive:

OOPS! It seems that ever-vigilant EMI sniffed out the creative stuff after all!

Free Culture Blog was founded by two Swarthmore students after they sued voting-machine manufacturer
Diebold for abusing copyright law in 2003. Named after the book Free Culture by Stanford University
law professor, Lawrence Lessig. is part of a growing movement, with roots in the free
software / open source community, media activists, creative artists and writers, and civil libertarians.

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