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Mark Hosler

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Mark Hosler is a founding member of the experimental sound collage band Negativland, which since 1980 has created records, videos, and radio and live performances using appropriated sound, image, and text. Negativland rearranges bits and pieces taken mostly from corporately owned mass culture to make them say things that they were never intended to say. In the course of recording this type of cultural opposition, or "culture jamming," as Negativland coined it in 1984, the group has twice been sued for copyright infringement and, since 1991, has aggressively and publicly advocated a significant reform of U.S. copyright laws. As a member of Negativland, Hosler has coauthored essays and articles on these issues for Billboard magazine, Keyboard magazine, College Music Journal, NYU Law Commentator, and other publications.