Influential Video artist and activist Phil Morton (1945 - 2003) founded the Video Area in 1970 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he taught from 1969 - 1981/1982.
Morton developed an approach he called COPY-IT-RIGHT, an anti-copyright approach to making and freely sharing Media art. The Distribution Religion and Morton's individual and collaborative Media art works were released under his COPY-IT-RIGHT license. COPY-IT-RIGHT encouraged people to make faithful copies, caring for and distributing the work as widely as possible.
Program #9 by Phil Morton and Jane Veeder (31:29)
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Jane Veeder on Phil Morton and the COPY-IT-RIGHT ethic from her 2003 interview with criticalartware (01:13)