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Monday, August 31, 2009

9/2: Intellectual Property and the Arts

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Sued twice on grounds of copyright infringement for their appropriation of sound and video in their collage-style productions, Negativland know a thing or two about intellectual-property rights and the concept of “fair use.” For almost three decades they’ve been cutting and pasting scraps of culture. Their 1995 book and CD Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2 documented their legal run-ins with U2 over a stitched-together piece called “U2.” They even claim credit for inventing the term “culture jamming” back in 1984. Negativland’s Mark Hosler gives an hour-long presentation on fair use as part of the Council of Small Enterprises Arts Network’s Intellectual Property and the Arts forum today. He’ll be followed by a couple of lawyers — Peter Friedman and Sharon Toerek — who offer their own take on the subject. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Aitken Auditorium (11141 East Blvd., 216.592.2222, Tickets: $5-$15. — Michael Gill

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