The Illegal Mind of the Artist: file sharing, piracy, remix, and copyright.




Through the lens of personal art practices this talk will discuss perspectives on the impact of the internet and file sharing on remix artists and creators. From the 1990s to the present, the internet has revolutionized the way artists produce, share, and distribute their work. Artists and creators who have engaged in remixing and sampling techniques have had to navigate legal, ethical, and cultural boundaries in order to create new works. As the internet and file sharing have evolved over the past few decades, so too have the perspectives of these artists and creators on these issues. Some have embraced the opportunities for collaboration and sharing that the internet provides, while others have become more cautious about their use of copyrighted material. This exploration will hopefully provide insights into the ways in which technology is shaping the creative process in the 21st century.The Illegal Mind of the Artist: file sharing, piracy, remix, and copyright.

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