November 23, 2004

Property Games

A project called PropertyGames asks some interesting questions by making "visual mashups" from photos of street art, and then selling these on shirts, hats, and other products. A very interesting conversation about the conceptual backing is included on the site in a chat with Sal Randolph, who we first heard about via the wonderful OpSound project. The density of interesting ideas and links is staggering, to the extent that one wishes one was present at the chat session.

One interesting comment Sal makes in the discussion is:

Well, I think you're really part of the illegal art/detritus community with this project rather than the cc copyleft world

I'm not sure what to make of that - seems to be a false dichotomy, or perhaps just placing Detritus on a side of a real dichotomy when in fact we've always thought that it straddles it.

copyleft = giving

mashups = stealing ?

perhaps, but

Detritus = the cycle of giving and taking that is culture.

Posted by steev at 02:29 AM | Comments (1)

November 12, 2004

Marvel Comics Sues Game Companies Over Superhereo Video Game

Another outrageous copyright suit has been filed, this time by Marvel Comics against the creators of a massively multiplayer role-playing game called City of Heroes. The claim is that the game allows players to make characters that look like or are named after Marvel characters like the Hulk, Wolverine, etc.

That's like saying pencils allow you to draw something that looks like someone else's copyrighted material and that therefore the pencil company should be liable. Ridiculous.

Posted by steev at 08:08 PM | Comments (0)