Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Copyright, plagiarism Notes ...

“Remixing is how culture gets made. The acts of reading, or criticizing, or praising, or condemning bits of culture are how we create things.” “… you cannot limit remixing to things in the public domain.” Our freedom to remix has been limited. (51)

Lessig, L. (2005). “The people own ideas!” Technology Review. 108.6. 46- 53.


Every legal system in history has blended private and common property. (58)

For many authors “compensation matters, and we increase their production by limiting the rights of others to copy their work.” (59)

Epstein, R.A. (2005). “The creators own ideas.” Technology Review. 108.6. 56- 60.


Lessig’s Rebuttal:

DRM would “impede the ‘remixing’ of bits and pieces of shared experiences into new creative works.”


Tenner, E. "Rise of the plagiosphere." Technology Review. 108.6. 76.

"Emerging technologies are causing a shift in our mental ecology, one that will turn our culture into the plagiosphere, a closing frontier of ideas." (76)

"What NASA did to our conception of the planet, Web-based technologies are beginning to do to our understanding of our written thoughts. We look at our ideas with less wonder, and with a greater sense that others have already noted what we're seeing for the first time." (76)

"Some universities are encouraging students to precheck their papers and drafts against the emerging plagiosphere." "The concept of the biosphere exposed our environmental fragility; the emergence of the plagiosphere perhaps represents our textual impasse."

Copernicus - "deprived us of our centrality in the cosmos."
Darwin - "our uniqueness in the biosphere, but at least they left us the illusion of the originality of our words. Soon that, too, will be gone." (76)

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