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Mashup Masterpiece: Cookie Monster Sings Tom Waits

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A lip-synced case for the art of remix, or what Sesame Street has to do with the need to evolve copyright law.

Remix culture is a frequent fixation around here and a central premise of my beliefs about combinatorial creativity. But while intellectual, academic, and legal debates about the role of remix in creative culture certainly have their place, the best way to appreciate the art of remix is through a brilliant manifestation. Case in point: Cookie Monster sings Tom Waits’ “God’s Away on Business” in the best mashup I’ve seen in ages.

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