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Glee TV Show Lands Book Series & Copyright Essay

0007h08b.jpegToday GalleyCat reported that television’s beloved show has landed a book series with Little, Brown. Contributor Mark Byrne quipped: “Finally, a television show attempting to give its brand the Stars Wars treatment. We predict singing Glee action figures are next.”

Over at Balkinization, Information Society Project at Yale Law School fellow Christina Mulligan pondered the legal implications of the show’s remixing relationship with popular culture. While television kids don’t have to worry about copyright, real-life teenagers do.

Here’s an excerpt: “Glee illustrates a painful tension in American culture. While copyright holders assert that copyright violators are ‘stealing’ their ‘property,’ people everywhere are remixing and recreating artistic works for the very same reasons the Glee kids do — to learn about themselves, to become better musicians, to build relationships with friends, and to pay homage to the artists who came before them. Glee‘s protagonists — and the writers who created them — see so little wrong with this behavior that the word ‘copyright’ is never even uttered.”

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