Digital Media Studies

MCS 375     A    Remix Culture  

From musical mash-ups to video parodies, disputes about authorship, remixes, and copyright have become increasingly prominent in our digital media landscape. This course will explore questions about originality and derivation in art and cultural production and the place of copyright and intellectual property in laying the groundwork for creative culture.

We will examine ideas about and legal approaches to authorship and intellectual property from historical and philosophical perspectives; we will also look closely at contemporary controversies regarding piracy, file-sharing, culture jamming, sample-based art, and equally controversial efforts on the part of policymakers and corporations to limit or curtail these practices. We will not only discuss remix culture and digital tools such as editing software that are enabling a profusion new expressive forms, but students will use some of these very tools to create digital projects that analyze and comment upon contemporary debates.