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Art Outlaws Without Lawful Reward · Thursday March 05, 2009 by Crosbie Fitch

Mike Masnick introduces us to a great new work, the like of which I have not seen since the Grey Album.

Let us wonder why this musician ‘Kutiman’ may not have either prepared his derivative art or even obtained our reward without seeking the permission of all those whose work he sampled.

Even if each of his sampled videos was CC-NC licensed, this mixing artist may not receive a single one of our pennies without theoretically becoming liable to copyright litigation – unless they painstakingly obtain permission from each and every copyright holder.

Why should such permission be required?

Why must this artist’s liberty be so suspended? Why may we not even reward them for their excellent intellectual work? Kultiman has provided attribution and links to each of the constituent works, so it is not as if we’re discouraged in also discovering and rewarding the underlying artists.

Elexis Trinity

Juice Lee

If such art can only be created and rewarded outside the law, then we must look to outlaws for such art, and reward them as outlaws.

Copyright is an unethical constraint on society’s cultural liberty and those societies who choose to remain bound by it choose cultural stagnation and obscurity.

Scott Carpenter said 3421 days ago :

This is pretty cool — thanks, Crosbie. I missed it on techdirt.

Scott Carpenter said 3421 days ago :

Have to amend my comment. This is incredible. I’m blown away by “Mother of All Funk Chords.” What a great art form, and another example of why copyright as we know it is harmful.

Crosbie Fitch said 3420 days ago :

It does blow your socks off doesn’t it!? :-)

My immediate thought was “Heck, I want to give this artist my patronage!” rather than “Heck, this artist deserves an advance from a record label given their exploitation of our suspended liberty”

enondengod said 3419 days ago :

Things like this hit me in the stomach and nestles in my heart like pure happiness. How can this do anything other than create something greater than than the sum of parts?

Girl Talk does the same for me.

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