There is a war going on around us. One that does not discriminate, a dragnet of court filings sweeping up grandmothers, 12-year-olds, and the deceased (Sununu, J E. 2013) and yet the reason this battle is being waged still goes on, undeterred and often undetected. I speak, of course, about the war on illegal downloads and as Sununu states in his blog, ‘Music dinosaurs pick a bad fight’, the combination of digital storage and Internet connectivity makes the unlicensed copying and distribution of music a fact of modern life (2013). It is something that the music industry needs to accept and adapt to rather than wasting all their energy on stopping.
In 2008 they decided to at least stop attempting to sue students who used songs, and other content, allowing new world on YouTube Remix culture to bloom. Remixing work, of course, is nothing new.
Producers and song writer have been “borrowing” ideas and concepts from other works for decades. Kirby Ferguson’s video ‘Everything is a Remix: The Force Awakens’ discusses the existence of remix culture dating back as far as Buster Keeton’s silent comedy films in the 1900’s. Where ideas are borrowed from other popular films and TV shows and remixed together to form new work.
Last year I briefly touched on the topic of remix culture in my own blog ‘Kill, kill, kill those Zombies’. I also touched on copyright laws in ‘Kookaburra sits on an electric wire.’ YouTubers are able to use content like a music riff, scene from a TV show, or the concept of their favorite movies, as long as they are using it to generate their own work or they are using this clip in a review. The concept behind the work is irrelevant as long as they do not use too much of the copyrighted piece.
Of course it is always courteous to ensure you acknowledge the original creator by referencing where you got the idea from. Or, much like I do when I use images within my own blogs, site where you found the image and reference the owner.