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The Stephen Colbert Remix Challenge
Posted by Steve Juon at Monday, February 2nd, 2009 at 4:45PM :: Email this article :: Print this article



STEPHEN COLBERT ISSUES REMIX CHALLENGE!

INTERVIEW WITH COPYRIGHT GURU LAWRENCE LESSIG INSPIRES REMIXES,
PLUS VIDEO FEATURING DANCING COLBERT!


On a recent episode of “The Colbert Report” (airdate January 7), Stephen Colbert interviewed Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig, about his new book, "Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy". Lessig, a strong proponent of modifying copyright restrictions on art (including music), was there to talk about the value added to society when people are encouraged to share and remix creative material.

During the interview, Colbert, dared the audience to break the rules: "Never... ever... ever... take anything of mine and remix it! For instance, I will be very angry if anyone takes this interview right here and remixes it with some great dance beat, and it starts showing up in clubs across America."

The nerve! The folks at Indaba Music didn’t miss a beat, and within hours they threw down the gauntlet, posting the audio stems from Colbert’s interview on their site for a remix challenge. As joint copyright holder of the interview Lessig licensed the audio under a Creative Commons BY License, making free to use

The results poured in, and Colbert’s camp went bonkers! The following week “The Colbert Report” aired the remix  created by Chris Lewis, and even made a music video to go with it, featuring Stephen Colbert getting buck wild (ahem) on the dance floor.

Colbert ended the show with another challenge: to remix a chapter from his audio book to “a K-Hole groove”.

What are you waiting for?  Grab Stephen Colbert’s audio stems here, and show him what it means to rumble with the remix nation!

For more information on Indaba Music, give us a shout – and send us your remix!

Sarah Avrin        212-989-2222, x118    sarah@girlie.com
Megan Brandt        212-989-2222 x108    megan@girlie.com

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