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Mayan Appropriation

Dennis Tedlock’s Breath on the Mirror wasn’t a book I had ever heard of or was inclined to put on my list–it was recommended by my professor, but turned out to be an unexpected and interesting look at cultural, rather than individual, adaptation and appropriation. First off, let me preface this by a general warning … Continue reading

Foucault and Rhythm Science

By happenstance I read Foucault’s “What is an Author?” and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid–yes, that’s the name on the cover) in succession.  It might be that that Miller “remixes” many sources in his work, but I found so much overlap here that I’ve just got to note it before I … Continue reading

John Locke and Banksy: BFAM?

To get a bit of a better idea on the origins of American property law, I read  John Locke’s 2nd Essay Concerning Civil Government–the bit “On Property” and was surprised to learn that Locke is cool with graffiti. Well, at least I think he can be interpreted (remixed?) that way. To explain, in his essay, … Continue reading

Why Isn’t Sampling Fair Use?

I got tired of reading yesterday, but I didn’t want to spoil my momentum on a day I had entirely free, so watched a documentary related to my current emphasis on ‘stuff that complicates copyright.’  The documentary “Copyright Criminals” presents a sympathetic view of sampling, the hip-hop mode of creating songs out of bits and … Continue reading