Monday, January 12, 2009

Lessig and Colbert - remixed

This is just too much fun. (Thanks to Tim Stahmer for this pointer)

My favorite comedian, Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report, had Larry Lessig of Creative Commons fame as a guest recently. In that interview (and you should really watch it first) Stephen and Larry debated, in typical Colbert style, the issues of copyright and, in particular, remixing. "I'll be very angry, and possibly litigious, if anyone out there takes this interview right here and remix it with some great dance beat...," said Colbert. Now, I HAVE to believe that this was said more as an open invitation to the challenge than a warning against it. I want to believe that Stephen knows that these sorts of things only make him and his work all the more valuable.

Regardless, within days there were several remixes with great dance beats on YouTube. This one is my favorite. Once you're there, check out some of the others that appear in the Related Videos list on the right. Too much fun - and the fun is just starting, I'm sure.

What do you think?

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