2 History and Purpose of Copyright

In this chapter, we will be looking at remixing and its history of moving ideas and creativity forward. Please note that although fair use and copyright are discussed as legal concepts in this chapter, this book is not a legal resource in and of itself. For further information about fair use and copyright law, please refer to the various resources referenced throughout the book and in the appendices.

Whether it is children imitating sounds as they learn their native language, or adults copying bits and pieces of pop culture as they spread memes, catch phrases, or pieces of songs, people can learn by copying. Artist Elisabeth Condon speaks on this issue in her interview (see Appendix A), making note of Chinese ...

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