2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Modern Authorship: Richard Prince and Monkey Selfies

Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Paramount 1
310 E 5th ST

Through the dissection of two case studies, this panel will explore (a) what authorship means in today’s culture and (b) how the law is interacting with artistic expression that is pushing the bounds of what we’d traditionally define as authorship. First, we will begin our exploration by discussing a shift in fair use doctrine that has allowed artists like Richard Prince to appropriate others’ images (see his New Portraits installation) with little legal risk. Second, we will examine the Copyright Office’s recent micro-examination of images created by non-human means, including the infamous monkey-selfie case.

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Elisa Kreisinger

Exec Prod


Elisa Kreisinger is a Brooklyn-based video artist hacking pop culture. She is currently the Executive Producer of Video at Refinery29 and a Women in Technology Fellow at NYU School of Engineering.

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Iliya Fridman


Fridman Gallery

Iliya founded Fridman Gallery in 2013 as a venue for contemporary culture. The gallery has an ongoing program of sound performances and multimedia installations, in addition to regularly scheduled ...

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Phil Weiss at SXSW

Phil Weiss


Legal Hackers

Phil is an attorney who specializes in copyright, trademark, production clearance, advertising compliance, cyberlaw, corporate transactions and software licensing. Phil is an adjunct professor at h...

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Phillip Stearns


Glitch Textiles

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Stearns’s work is centered on the use of electronic technologies and electronic media to explore dynamic relationships between ideas and material as mobilized within complex ...

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