Friday, July 04, 2008

Political Fireworks


This week, in honor of the July 4th holiday, Remix America, has made a formal debut to a number of digital rights advocacy groups. As Noel Hidalgo explains, the group has also resisted the claims of copyright holders who have had political content pulled from YouTube, such as "The Empire Strikes Barack" and "Baracky." Unfortunately, the video above is the only piece that samples the inspirational speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., which are fiercely protected by the King estate, which has been known to license the civil rights leader's image for advertisers while refusing to allow his work into the public domain. Nonetheless, Hidalgo's press release indicates that the group is still hopeful of remixing more of King's speeches.

We are a non-partisan, non-profit project of Declare Yourself. Through you can participate within the political medium of video remixes, mashups and video comments. Not only can you use our software to easily create your own remixes! BUT
you can join the discussion by using your webcam to "talk back."

Through our "American Playlist," we make it easy to combine today's political debate with America's great ideas and historical speeches -- from the Gettysburg Address to Kennedy's Inaugural to Dr. King's speeches -- we give you the power to remix America's greatest moments.

Have a great July 4th, wherever you are in the world, and check out Remix America's blog and Google group while you're at it.

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