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Lessig’s REMIX Released Under CC License; Remix Contest Launched By Bloomsbury Academic

Cameron Parkins, May 1st, 2009

remix_cover_lLawrence Lessig‘s latest book Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy is getting the CC treatment from Bloomsbury Academic (CC coverage here and here). Starting today, the entire book is available for free download under a CC BY-NC license from Bloomsbury Academic’s website.

We are incredibly excited that a text devoted to the art and value of remixing is being released under a license that allows free and open sharing and reuse – it turns out we aren’t the only ones. To celebrate the launch, Bloomsburry is holding a contest titled Remix the Remixer:

To celebrate the Creative Commons release of Lawrence Lessig’s latest book, Remix, Bloomsbury Academic are hosting a competition you have the chance to win an original remixed item created by Cory Doctorow on the 1st of May (with a video of the event), £200 (about 300 USD) worth of Bloomsbury books and a copy of Remix signed by Lessig himself.

The competition is called Remix the Remixer. Just remix any of Lawrence Lessig’s existing work and create something that is new, unique and creative.

Here’s how it works: Find any video, interview, or written work of Lessig’s, mash it up with another piece of Lessig’s work and create something new. It can be a video (3 min max), photo (nothing offensive, please) or text.

Be sure to upload your remixes between now (May 1) and May 31 to be considered for the prize drawings.

3 Responses to “Lessig’s REMIX Released Under CC License; Remix Contest Launched By Bloomsbury Academic”

  1. rogerroger says:

    who defines offensive and why would that even matter?

    if Mr. Lawrence “Toohey” Lessig has no problem backing people like Greg Gillis aka Girl Talk who has no input from the sources he takes from then why does it matter if things are offensive?

    in theory- you could gain even more press for the camera-friendly Lessig if there was offensive material!

  2. John says:

    Finally!

    The interesting thing here is that the book was already available under a CC license (noted in the book’s info page that most people skip). I’m wondering if the delay was done

    a) to make more people buy the book and

    b) if that move payed off at all

  3. Dara Adib says:

    I’m guessing the book was always licensed under CC-BY-NC, but only now is a digital version freely available. So theoretically you could have scanned (and OCRed) pages from the actual book and distributed these over the Internet before.

    I’m wondering about the same two things as John.