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This was our sign!

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Attorney Miguel Danielson started things off by explaining the basics of copyright.

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Sheri Mason from the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts spoke next. She told us about recent cases that have changed things. She also took questions and answers about copyright.

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James O’Keefe from the Massachusetts Pirate Party offered a history of copyright, and spoke about the need for copyright reform.

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Artist and artists’-rights-advocate Don Schaefer started Day 2 off. He told us about the economic situation that many artists find themselves in, and how important it is to respect their economic needs. He offered collaboration as an alternative to appropriation.

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Next up was a panel discussion. Danny Mekonnen spoke about his Ethiopian musical group, and the ethics of cultural appropriation. Dirk Adams and Vela Phelan spoke about their work, which involves multimedia collage. Alana Kumbier told us about her burlesque performances involving impersonation, and fanzines.

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Speaking of zines, Anna Mudd from the Papercut Zine Library was on hand for part of the weekend.

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Heather McCann and Alana Kumbier from Boston Radical Reference then offered a resource list of places to get copyright-free/creative-commons audio, video, and images.

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Then we took a little break for food.

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Gang Clan Mafia then performed their new multimedia piece, “Gang Clan Mafia Sing Happy Birthday to You, Pac Man.”

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The scene after G.C.M.’s performance.

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We finished things off by having some good old-fashioned brass band music from Factory Seconds.

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