Law Art. Remixing the Law.
"I believe it would be right for common sense to revolt against the extreme claims made today on behalf of "intellectual property." What the law demands today is increasingly as silly as a sheriff arresting an airplane for trespass. But the consequences of this silliness will be much more profound." L. Lessig Source: Cultura Libera

Legal order faces, today, great paradoxes and changes whose reach and speed bring its processes, its lifecycles and social interrelation schemes to a state of crisis.

Global processes, networks, digital media, software, all create situations that are not faceable using the classical set-ups of the laws that are currently available in most countries. Contents coming from different countries assembling on computer screens, flows of images and sounds running along computer networks, technologies that make it impossible to think about being able to control the distribution of a file, of a song or of a movie clip. Even more: peer to peer networks on which hundreds of millions of persons perform acts which are, theoretically, "illegal"; mountains of data and information that finally have found the right media to be distributed, used, associated, shared and, most of all, augmented in value through free collaboration processes among people.

In facing the new forms of creativity, copyright laws show a clear discomfort that is both cutural, social and anthropological, just as they do in confronting the new models that the technological evolution of the contemporary society has now enabled.

In an era during which the most natural thing to do would seem to be to embrace the disappearance of various forms of intermediaries, and to change the roles of governments and institutions, making them become creators of culture and infrastructures, promoters of new attitudes towards knowledge, skillful observers of human evolution to define harmonizing principles for ethics and development, legal orders are clash territories and places for difficult balances, in which both enormous interests and pressures face each other.

In the communicational transformation of the societies we live in, "content" becomes teh center of the international legal debate. Information, knowledge, patents, brands, copyright: "content", in the contemporary world, changes identity. It becomes pure information flow, loosing material constraints, disconnecting from the physical support onto which it is stored. "Content" becomes an entity essentially characterized by its features of communicability, replicability, giveability, manipulability, remixability.

"Remixing the Law" is a competition dedicated to all the law experts and "copyright laws" lovers who see in this scenario an opportunity to change, towards the better, the conditions of the contemporary human being.

"Law" is at the center of this evolution for more than one reason and, substantially, in its role of describer of "what activities are legal", defining borders, protections, options, roles and identities. As of now the laws regarding the issues discussed so far are slow and cumbersome in the process of adapting to the pragmatic results that originate every day from the enormous social experiment that is the internet.

"Remixing the Law" offers the possibility to imagine a visionary legal order that uses the laws, rules, regulations and customs that are nationally, internationally and globally defined, in a "legal remix" process aimed at increasing the value of those positive experiences in legislative domains that, with luck, can be found throughout the world.

The goal, thus, is to transform into "legislative remixers" and to write a legislation, a law, a body of regulations, a set of principles that, according to the participant's ethic and aesthetic sensibility, describe a condition of "social positiveness" for what regards the freedom to create and use knowledge, content, culture, education, skills, and economic value.

We need to "remix the law" to bring on a new meaning onto old words.

Usage Instructions

Legal and legislative texts of any genre will be accepted to the competition (laws, rules and regulations, acts, disclaimers, verdicts, contracts, licenses...) as long as they concern copyright and intellectual property issues, or the assessment of the evolution processes of governments, institutions, companies and individuals due to the technological evolution, to the networks and to the resulting scenarios in terms of culture, art, knowledge and economy.

The works of "Law Art" can be created using any technique or methodology. They must, though, explicitly refer, cite, quote or integrate, in a true "remix process", one or more interntional legislative experiences on the discussed subjects.

To be accepted the finished work must include:

- a title;
- the work, meaning the legal text that is the result of the creative process;
- an analytical index clearly detailing and documenting the quotes and references to the "legal samples" used to compose the work;
- a short description of the motivations behind your remix procedure;
- if they exist, a summary of the techniques used (remix, cut-up, mash-up, text generation and composition, typographical composition etcetera...), be hem digital, analogic, combinatory or algorithmic.

Works will be accepted from individuals as well as from collectives and groups.

The objective of the contest is to contribute in an active way to the curent international dialogue on intellectual property and on the politics on culture and innovation, opening new, alternative and feasable perspectives that are able to catch the new necessities of people, authors, producers, enterpreneurs, and to create a public space for visibility and debate.

The jury will not assign prizes and will not enforce rigid rankings. Its activities will be focused on the critical evaluation of the cut&mix works, on a reviewing process, and on the promotion of the works that will be deemed as significative, to create opportunities and to get institutions, the general audience and the professional operators involved.

The reviews will be progressively published on the website beside the respective works and will be publicly discussed by the authors, reviewers and audience.

Feel free to ask any question or request any further information you might need on the initiative and on the terms for submission of the works, by writing to this email address The curator will answer as soon as possible.

The official languages of the competition are italian and english (Please excuse us about this. Contact us if you need to use different languages).
The works have to be sumbitted by registering to this website and loading the works using the "Upload Work" function. Submissions will be accpted up until October 15th 2009 (included).


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