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Robin Good's insight:
Here's an interesting TEDx video, "Copyright and the Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction given by Eric Doeringer, in which he makes the distinction between derivative and transformative appropriation.
Derivative appropriation is rather straightforwardly enough where no significant change is made to the work, where profit is sought from the work as it already exists and where it’s final use evidently impacts the ability of the original creator to profit from their work. This is fairly self-evidently wrong.
The definitions of transformative appropriation are more unclear, but broadly speaking it is appropriation in which the work is changed to some extent."
Source: Lewis Bush - The Right To Copy
If you buy a piece of art what can you do with it?
When, by using other people work inside your own are you actually breaking copyright laws?
Lots of interesting real-world examples illustrating issues relating to copyright, artwork ownership, "fair use" and reproducing other people's work in the digital age, explained in less than 16 mins and in simple terms.
Informative. Examples-rich. Useful. 8/10
Original video: http://youtu.be/731m0zsbm_w