What is that citation doing?

Saying “this is not my work!” Saying “this is the work of [named person or entity]!” Showing where the author found information or an idea. Showing other people where to find that information or idea, too. Showing that someone, anyone, other than the author has previously stated this piece of information or articulated this idea. […]

A poor “translation” of a critique

I shared this Tumblr post earlier tonight as an example of the cutting cultural critique that media fandom produces internally: (Edit: the original source of this post is http://thominos.tumblr.com/post/98330131513/tw-were-trying-to-let-sterek-die-sterek-fandom; I first encountered it, and screencapped it at http://jerakeenc.tumblr.com/post/98336801735/tw-were-trying-to-let-sterek-die-sterek-fandom (which appears to have added the “the anti-marketing legend” tag.) The source…

How To Tell Who “Created” An Image

Couple weeks ago, I saw a fun little flowchart/joke/cultural critique on Jezebel: “How to Tell If A Toy Is For Boys Or Girls: A Guide”. (Image credits are intentionally withheld in the beginning of this post.) Bunch of folks were linking it on Facebook/Twitter/etc. Both the Jezebel post and the…

Copyright in Your Personal Life

This post is based on a talk I gave/conversation I had today at the “Enhancing Quality Staff” symposium. I love this symposium, because I get to wander away from academic copyright issues, and there’s always a ton of cool people who want to wander with me! This time, the session…

Stormtroopers, Copyright, and Cultural Ownership

Can you read this, Luke Skywalker? BY-NC-SA Stéfan Le DûYou may or may not have heard about the extensive saga that is George Lucas’ dispute with one of the costumers/prop makers from the original Star Wars series about the copyright in Stormtrooper costumes. The prop maker has been using the…

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