The War Between Copyright and Remix Culture

If there’s one concept that has suffered more damage than just about anything else as a result of the Web and the ongoing explosion of digital media, it’s that of copyright: The idea that a content creator should have virtually unlimited control over his or her creation, regardless of what form it takes. As blogger Andy Baio notes in a recent post, the principle behind copyright has been taking a beating from “remix culture,” driven in large part by YouTube and other video sites. Is the rise of the YouTube generation changing the way we think about copyright—and if so, should we let that happen? Do we even have a choice?

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