Opinion: “Everything is a Remix”

What is your opinion of the idea that “everything is a remix?” After viewing Part 4: System Failure, do you agree with the filmmaker about the effects of intellectual property?

Because of modern copyright laws and the right to intellectual property a new profit opportunity had come up, “Opportunistic Litigation” i.e. suing to make a buck. Corporations are now sample trolls and patent trolls that don’t produce anything but acquire a library of intellectual property rights and then litigate to earn profits. Because of these trolls, copying in order to “copy, transform, combine” and create other properties has become a dangerous thing to do. It greatly restricts the ability for any artist or anyone else to flex their creativity muscle without the fear of being sued. People need to copy in order to learn something and help them become as great as the piece they’re copying, to practice, or use said piece to create something new all together.

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Remix Example 2: Flashlight feature on Smart Phones

I remember when all iPhones were sent the ability to change to the iOS7 software update. Or if you purchased the new 5c or 5s, your phone already came with it. The software gave all iPhones many new features, one in particular that I want to write about is the flashlight. 

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The image illustrates the flashlight feature which makes the flash light next to the camera stay on as if it were a real flashlight. When I showed this to my friend Katie she said “they copied the android!” and showed me her phone had the ability to do the same thing. 

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This flashlight feature that was first featured on the Android was then copied by Apple and used in the new iPhone iOS7 software update. By coping this feature they made a more convenient feature for all iPhone users. 

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Remix Example 1: Summertime Sadness Cover by Miley Cryus

Mileyy Cyrus covers Summertime Sadness in the Live Lounge

 

Like many artists before her, Miley Cyrus is covering a song made by another artist. In this case it’s ‘Summertime Sadness’ by Lana Del Rey. Cyrus has been doing a lot of covers lately from Lana Del Rey to the Arctic Monkeys which shows she’s trying to expand her abilities when it comes to singing other types of music genres. By coping another artist she’s learning how to become a better artist herself.