By Lance Weiler, January 21st, 2009

This edition of TCIBR is brought to you by IndieFlix – Today we are joined by Lawrence Lessig to discuss his latest book “Remix – Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy.” In addition to being an author, Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the School’s Center for Internet and Society.

Book description from the book’s site -

“For more than a decade, we’ve been waging a war on our kids in the name of the 20th Century’s model of “copyright law.” In this, the last of his books about copyright, Lawrence Lessig maps both a way back to the 19th century, and to the promise of the 21st. Our past teaches us about the value in “remix.” We need to relearn the lesson. The present teaches us about the potential in a new “hybrid economy” — one where commercial entities leverage value from sharing economies. That future will benefit both commerce and community. If the lawyers could get out of the way, it could be a future we could celebrate.”


During the discussion a number of topics are covered such as remix culture, audience as creator, new models for copyright, sharecropping sites, and the creation of a remix cover right.

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Lance Weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects.

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  • Cory has an excellent post on his blog about a recent comic book deal with IDW comics. IDW is a huge player in the comics world. What's fascinating is that Cory has just signed a comic deal for six of his stories which carry Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike/Noncommercial licenses. IDW will be releasing them in a commercial way but still keeping the Creative Commons licenses which will allow fans to remix them in non-commercial ways.

    Here is the language from the deal

    The exclusive rights granted to Licensee hereunder are subject to a pre-existing Creative Commons license which grants members of the public the irrevocable and nonexclusive right to create their own adaptations of the Licensed Property, including comic books. Such Creative Commons-licensed works may not be sold or distributed for profit. Licensee acknowledges that under the terms of this Creative Commons license, members of the public may create comic book version of the Licensed Property for non-commercial distribution. Licensor agrees not to license the rights which are granted to Licensee hereunder to any competitor of Licensee or to any commercial enterprise intending to create adaptations of the Works for commercial distribution.
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