Hacking Pop Culture + Copyright

Do you love to hate pop culture? See an ad, music video or viral video and think it would be so much better with one simple subversive tweak? This day-long workshop will cover the basics of mash up-video making and pop culture hacking. Participants will debate what makes a good mash up, make their own and upload the results to the web. And a course in mashing up media would be irresponsible if it didn’t include a lesson on the ins-and-outs of fair use and copyright as it applies to creative works on YouTube! Come hack pop culture with us!

Hours: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Cost: $50 ($25 for Students)


Elisa Kreisinger is a Brooklyn-based pop culture hacker. Her work includes remixing Mad Men into feminists and The Real Housewives into lesbians. Elisa’s 2012 US Copyright Office testimony helped win crucial exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, decriminalizing DVD ripping for artistic statements. She is a contributor to the forthcoming books, The Book of Jezebel and The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies both due out this year. Elisa speaks around the world on the power of remix and remaking pop culture. http://www.popculturepirate.com/


  • Laptop (please notify Erica at [email protected] if you need a computer)
  • Final Cut Pro 7 or X (free trial version here.)
  • Knowledge or interest in popular culture and/or the internet.

Register here!

People: Elisa KreisingerErica Kermani
Research: Education, Open Culture
Tags: copyright, fair use, hacking, mash up, pop culture, video, youtube