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Transformative works are creative works which are made by transforming or remixing other creative works. The term comes from US copyright law, where the test for Fair use includes the question of whether a work is "transformative". The term is similar in meaning to Remix.

Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb In the shape of an "L" on her forehead

Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running Didn't make sense not to live for fun Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb

So much to do, so much to see So what's wrong with taking the back streets? You'll never know if you don't go You'll never shine if you don't glow

[Chorus:] Hey, now, you're an All Star get your game on, go play Hey, now, you're a Rock Star get the show on get paid And all that glitters is gold Only shooting stars break the mold

It's a cool place and they say it gets colder You're bundled up now but wait 'til you get older But the meteor men beg to differ Judging by the hole in the satellite picture

The ice we skate is getting pretty thin The water's getting warm so you might as well swim My world's on fire. How about yours? That's the way I like it and I'll never get bored.

[Chorus 2x]

Somebody once asked could I spare some change for gas I need to get myself away from this place I said yep, what a concept I could use a little fuel myself And we could all use a little change

Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running Didn't make sense not to live for fun Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb

So much to do so much to see So what's wrong with taking the back streets You'll never know if you don't go You'll never shine if you don't glow.

[Chorus]

And all that glitters is gold Only shootin' stars break the mold

Gendered aspects of remix vs transformative works

The term Remix culture usually denotes a majority-male creative subculture. Documentaries, blogs, and articles about remix culture usually focus on male practitioners and on genres of work which are most commonly done by men -- for instance, fan trailers and musical mashups -- while ignoring those more commonly done by women, such as fan fiction.

The Organization for Transformative Works is a majority-women organization which has popularised the term "transformative works" and, while intending to support all such works, to date has mostly focused on the majority-female subgenres of Fan fiction and Fanvids.