Posted on 2016/11/15 by

The Controller is Mightier than the Pen: How Video Games Blur the Lines of Authorship

There’s an argument to be made that the video game, as a medium, is inherently post-modern. If that, as a statement, is too general or perhaps diminutive, then it’s perhaps safer to say that the medium reflects certain key characteristics of post-modernism as it appears in art: there’s a tendency towards self-reflexivity, an arguably necessary Read More

Source: User Jackal's Let's Play of Pokemon Reborn (http://forum.templeofkraden.com/topic/7435312/1/)
Posted on 2016/11/08 by

Copy & Paste & Play: Amateur Games as Appropriation Art

Independent game-making has, despite its relatively short history, seen a significant evolution. “Indie” games, as they are known, are now associated with such popular titles as Minecraft (2011), The Stanley Parable (2013), and Don’t Starve (2013) – games that have unquestionably penetrated mainstream consciousness. There is a certain sophistication associated with the Indie genre nowadays, Read More

Posted on 2016/10/28 by

“This Web Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us”: On Web Sheriff and Anti-Piracy as a Business Force

I can still remember the pang of disappointment that accompanied the email. GirlAttorneys – or, in the du jour stylization of the time, GIRLATTORNEYS – a music blog that I had run with a couple of friends for close to a year, had been permanently shutdown by Blogger for one too many DMCA takedown notices. Read More

Cover Art from Views, 2016.
Posted on 2016/10/23 by

Views on the 6: Toronto, Drake, and Multicultural Appropriation

Who is Toronto? Toronto seems to lack a city-identity that other Canadian cities effortlessly claim. It’s not historic like Quebec, friendly like St John’s, artsy like Montreal, family-friendly like Calgary, or even mild and temperate like Vancouver. Worse still, this ostensible lack of identity seems to draw the ire of pretty much everyone else in Read More

Posted on 2016/10/21 by

Vaporwave and Appropriation

Siva Vaidhyanathan’s “Hep Cats and Copy Cats: American Music Challenges the Copyright Tradition” provides us with rich starting points for thinking about American music history and its frequently fraught relationship with copyright mechanisms. In particular, I find his treatment of rap’s history to be especially nuanced, with important attention paid to Dick Hebdige’s work on Read More

Posted on 2016/10/10 by

Happy Birthday to…Who?: Contested Copyrights and Creative Ownership

In his article, “The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism”, Jonathan Lethem recounts a story wherein he describes the ‘invention’ of a song by blues legend Muddy Waters. When asked where the inspiration for the song arose, Waters cites five different sources: his own personal creation, sudden inspiration, he heard “a version by Johnson”, his mentor Read More

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