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The Anti-Aesthetic is a collection of essays dealing with theories of postmodern culture. Baudrillard, Crimp, Foster, Frampton, Habermas, Jameson, Krauss, Owens, Said, and Ulmer are contributors to this book. Although all essays touch on the ideas of appropriation art, certain articles are more focused on ideas which could be linked to Open Source or other issues brought up during the seminar.

Douglas Crimp's On the Museum's Ruins discusses the idea of the museum as 'an institution of confinement.' This extremely short essay highlights various writers and theorists defining the museum. Craig Owens' The Discourse of Others brings up Sherrie Levine in the context of feminist art. Her needs for appropriating in her art may be summed up as follows: "Levine's disrespect for paternal authority suggests that her activity is less one of appropriation - a laying hold and grasping - and more one of expropriation: she expropriates the appropriators." This is an interesting argument for the necessity of appropriaton, and possibly Open Source. Such concrete arguments of necessity are often ignored when theorizing about Open Source. Fredric Jameson's Postmodernism and Consumer Society suggests answers to the questions of parody, pastiche, and the original. Jameson defines all three terms in relation to art. Parody is an important aspect of Fair Use. Such definitions may be useful in order to consider the extent of the Fair Use Doctrine.