Stay Free! | 22 January 2003
carrie at stayfreemagazine.org
Wed Jan 22 16:54:16 EST 2003
+ Illegal Art Exhibit opening in Chicago
+ Illegal mp3's on our website
+ Supreme Court on Eldred v. Ashcroft
+ New York-related fodder
Stay Free! is gearing up for the second leg of Illegal Art, which,
you'll recall, is our exhibit featuring works that rip, plunder, and
repurpose others' "intellectual property." If you don't recall, then
you can read about it here:
The show opens in Chicago this Saturday. I'll be there, as will some
of the artists. And there will be lots of new material, including
works by several Chicago types. Jessica Clark at In These Times
deserves major props for organizing things this time, so buy her a
drink or, better yet, pick up a copy of the new "Illegal Art" issue
of ITT, which features an interview with copyright superstar Lawrence
ILLEGAL ART EXHIBIT -- CHICAGO
January 25 - February 21
Opening Sat. January 25, 6-9 pm
In These Times
2040 N. Milwaukee Ave. FREE
Featuring lots of new material:
Gangstar rappin' Pez dispensers!
Mickey Mouse gasmasks!
Local Chicago artists!
Sat. Jan. 25, 5 pm: Press conference with Kembrew McLeod. McLeod, a
University of Iowa professor who has trademarked the phrase "freedom
Fri. Feb. 7 and Sat. Feb. 8: Movies and Mash-Ups
Each night at 7 and 8:30 pm: film selections from Illegal Art and
Select Media's Digital Video Detournement
Each night at 9:30 pm-midnight: Performances by Evolution Control
Committee and other mash-up DJs at the buddy space. Suggested
Sat. Feb. 15, 6-8 pm: Panel debate organized in conjunction with The
Public Square will feature Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford Law professor
and the chair of Creative Commons. Additional artists will
participate, including Dj Spooky, that Subliminal Kid (invited), and
Mark Hosler of Negativland. At the Chicago Historical Society (at the
south end of Lincoln Park). FREE.
After Chicago, the exhibit will be heading to San Francisco, where it
will show June-July. We'll keep you posted...
Madeleine Baran has written an excellent summary of some of the major
songs involved in copyright lawsuits for the Illegal Art website:
Willie Dixon v. Led Zepplin, Roy Orbison v. 2 Live Crew, Gillbert
O'Sullivan v. Biz Markie, etc. You can also download both the
original songs AND the contested ones right here:
BAD NEWS DEPT.
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against the plaintiffs in Eldred v.
Ashcroft, which means that the law giving Disney et al. another 20
years on their copyrights is allowed to stand. Fear not, though.
Lawrence Lessig has come up with a promising backup plan:
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
CRITICAL CONSUMPTION EXHIBIT: Heidi Cody, who did the awesome
American Alphabet in the Illegal Art Exhibit, is one of several
artists unveiling work at this upcoming show in Brooklyn. Although
it's hard to tell from this postcard, it looks like a multimedia
exhibit loosely focussed on the politics of consumerism. Sounds good,
huh? Opening Thursday, Jan. 30, 6 to 8 pm. Through March 15. At the
Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street in Brooklyn
HELP FIGHT NEW MTA MEASURES: This year, in addition to a substantial
fare hike, the MTA wants to close 177 token booths throughout the
city. For more information and details on who to contact to complain:
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