Friday, December 29, 2006

Illegal Art

From Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age, by Stay Free!

The laws governing "intellectual property" have grown so expansive in recent years that artists need legal experts to sort them all out. Borrowing from another artwork—as jazz musicians did in the 1930s and Looney Tunes illustrators did in 1940s—will now land you in court. If the current copyright laws had been in effect back in the day, whole genres such as collage, hiphop, and Pop Art might have never have existed.

The irony here couldn't be more stark. Rooted in the U.S. Constitution, copyright was originally intended to facilitate the exchange of ideas but is now being used to stifle it.

The Illegal Art Exhibit will celebrate what is rapidly becoming the "degenerate art" of a corporate age: art and ideas on the legal fringes of intellectual property. Some of the pieces in the show have eluded lawyers; others have had to appear in court.

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  1. NegativlandU2: Special Edit Radio Mix (5:46)
  2. Biz MarkieAlone Again (2:52) *
  3. People Like UsSwinglargo (5:20)
  4. CulturcideThey Aren't the World (4:30) *
  5. The Evolution Control CommitteeRocked by Rape (4:28)
  6. Beastie BoysRock Hard (4:53) *
  7. Dummy Runf.d. (1:23)
  8. John Oswaldblack (2:01)
  9. Corporal BlossomWhite Christmas (3:19)
  10. Tape-beatlesReality of Matter (2:37)
  11. Public EnemyPsycho of Greed (3:11)
  12. The VerveBittersweet Symphony (4:35) *
  13. WobblyClawing Your Eyes Out Down to Your Throat (1:21)
  14. De La SoulTransmitting Live from Mars (1:07) *
  15. Buchanan and GoodmanThe Flying Saucer (4:18) *
  16. The JAMsThe Queen and I (4:50) *
  17. ElasticaConnection (2:20) *
  18. Steinski and Mass MediaThe Motorcade Sped On (4:26) *
  19. Invisibl Skratch Piklzwhite label edit (5:30) *
  20. Xper.XrWu-chu-tung (1:43)
  21. Boone BischoffHappy Birthday To You (0:28)

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