If I never read the Boingsters, I probably would never encounter the "right to take" as a great new idea. But two recent posts point out something of the hypocrisy and the case-by-case arbitrary judgement that really is at the core of the arguments against respect for authorship - let's call them the "anti-authorship" group - who call themselves "copyfighters" and part of the "remix" culture:
- On June 29, 2005 Boing confirms that big Nike stole little rock band's imagery without payment. The taking of the stuff of others wrong.
- On July 6, 2005 Boing praises an essay in Wired which states that the new era of takery is here:
The remix is the very nature of the digital.
Today, an endless, recombinant, and fundamentally social process generates countless hours of creative product (another antique term?). To say that this poses a threat to the record industry is simply comic. The record industry, though it may not know it yet, has gone the way of the record. Instead, the recombinant (the bootleg, the remix, the mash-up) has become the characteristic pivot at the turn of our two centuries.