A fantastic recent video project by Kirby Ferguson called Everything is a remix, the main theme of which is ‘Copy | Transform | Combine’; of ideas and creativity. Beautifully produced with a very important message.
It represents an important perspective of ownership of creative material and how our market economy drives us to think that our ideas are property that can be legally protected. Without copying and remixing, without a certain degree of what can be described as plagiarism new ideas cannot evolve from old ones. Creation requires influence and everything we create is a direct result of all influences we’ve absorbed.
We think this is a an important issue to overcome in the software age, or we face the possibility of reaching a saturation point where no new development can occur due to fear of prosecution.
What do you think about copyright laws and how enforceable they should be? In particular about the growing number of Tech startups companies trying to protect their ideas and manufacturers of devices such as smart phone patenting every conceivable piece of hardware, software and even user experiences? Leave us your thoughts below.
In the meantime we highly recommend you watch the below 4 videos. If you’re short on time just watch the last one. Each is only about 10 min of content. If you like what you see help support the talented Kirby either by donating or on kickstarter with his new project ‘This is not a conspiracy’.
Our favorite quotes extracted from each video below:
1. “Led Zeppelin. They play extremely loud blues music…”
2. “Sorry about colonialism.”
3. “We need copying to build foundations of knowledge and understanding.”
4.”Most of us have no problem with copying, as long we we’re the ones doing it.”
Please leave your thoughts and responses below.