Reading Questions – 10/10/16

Remix – Lessig

What is the best version of Sony’s argument demanding the homemade “Let’s Go Crazy video be taken down?” What is the “principle” that is at stake?

Why would a company not only allow “amateurs” to use copyrighted material, but how might they actually benefit from that usage?

As discussed in the John Lennon section of the introduction, what is the social value of art that reproduces in some way a previous artist’s work? What does that say about the relationship of artist and public, media creator and media consumer?

What is remix culture and what are some examples of it in your life?

Should permission be required for one artist to use another artists work in the construction of new art? Who ultimately can grant that permission, the artist or the owner? What is Copy Left?

What is the difference between “Copyleft” and “Public Domain?”

What are the benefits of a concept like “Copyleft?” What are some potential unintended consequences?

What instances in the history of the internet we’ve discussed in class could have lead to the creation of “Copyleft?”

Code is Law – Lessig

Why does the author associate the fall of Communist governments in Central and Western Europe with “cyberspace?”

What’s the “libertarian gotcha?” In your opinion, is it true? What is the author’s problem with it?

What does the author describe as a “constitution” and what are its purposes? How does he believe that idea equates to cyberspace. Do you agree?

The author asserts “code is law.” What does he mean by that? How does the concept of regulation support and detract from that assertion? What is the “bad man” and “bot man” comparison about?

Some Basic Economics of Information Production and Innovation – Benkler

What is the argument for copyright and publishing rights? How does that relate to the idea of private and public goods, and nonrivalry?

How does the Newton quote about “standing on the shoulders of giants” and the author’s analysis of it relate to Lessig’s article about remix culture?

Why does the author suggest strict intellectual property laws are damaging?

What’s the difference between a “romantic Maximizer” and a “Mickey?” How does the “RCA” model further differ?

What does the author describe as the networked information economy? How do you think the creation of information be affected?



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