Re: RIP! A Remix Manifesto

Photo Credit: CC, McKean

Photo Credit: CC, McKean

This documentary made a strong statement. Just on the surface, not even digging deep into the content of the documentary but the production itself was a statement against copyright laws. There were several times when Brett Gaylor or GirlTalk would state how much they could be sued for using a particular song in a scene and so forth.

The debate between creativity and theft has been going on for years. In previous classes I’ve visited this debate. Once a price was placed on intellectual property, that changed the world of creativity. How could a price be placed on someone’s idea? Who could prove whether someone stole someone else’s idea or if they, too, had the same thought?

Within this debate is also the question of creativity and laziness. The questions are raised surrounding what is considered creativity or re-creativity and what constitutes stolen property.

This video obviously takes the side of the artist but it doesn’t force viewers to take a side. It just presents them with the facts and the laws surrounding copyright and fair use.

My favorite tale of re-creativity, remix,  and copyright laws lies within the story of the creation of Disney productions. Disney characters were re-created from several different tales of the past. Disney received “inspiration” from many other areas but strict copyright protection is placed on their characters, stories, logos, brands, etc. I just find it ironic that a company built from “inspiration” would be so selfish as to not allow the same opportunity for other artists.

I think the daycare incident in the video was outrageous.


One thought on “Re: RIP! A Remix Manifesto

  1. There are all kinds of examples of remix. The Gilgamesh epic, which we touched on last class, was (probably) a collage and remix of previously written poems about the king, pieced together into a national epic of Ur/Babylonia. The vessel (if you allow the metaphoring) is sometimes the same, but the content MUST be updated to serve the storytelling needs and expectations of the audience. And that content update is what makes meaning, what allows people to participate in the story and, therefore, allows all of the life-improving effects that storytelling provides to occur.

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