Our speaker at the March 2013 Portland/CreativeMornings was Andy Baio, writer and coder who loves making things. . The global theme for this month was "Reuse," and Andy spoke about remix culture:
"Cut, copy, paste. The ability to reuse and remix is so deeply baked into our tools, it's rewritten our culture. We learn to make great art by copying, and we participate in our culture by reusing and modifying what we see. But the law hasn't caught up with our changing values, effectively criminalizing the creativity of millions. Cover songs on YouTube, fanfic, mashups, and supercuts all violate copyright, and lawyers are starting to find new tools to discover and enforce infringement. Welcome to the new Prohibition."
The event was generously hosted by the Hollywood Theatre (http://hollywoodtheatre.org) and sponsored by Citizen (http://citizensof.com) and 52 Limited (http://www.52ltd.com). Many thanks to Pro Photo Supply (http://prophotosupply.com) for lending us the gear to capture the talk, and to Hunter Richards (http://www.hunterhrichards.com) for shooting and editing.