Rip: A Remix Manifesto

“In RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.”

As I watched the documentary, “RIP!: A Remix Manifesto” I began to look at copyrighting issues in a new light. Copyrighting use to be done in a way that was acceptable to be shared, in which nowadays hefty fees and lawsuits will get you time in the slammer by remixing bits and pieces of produced music, which is the battle Girl Talk is confronted with. What bothers me the most is the fact that these large corporations only seem to see number signs $$$ in which profit is all that they care about by using laws such as “intellectual property”. Our generation has the ability to collaborate, share and invent which is merely creativity. Radiohead is a band that released a c.d. online for free in which their consumers decided how much the c.d. was worth for downloading, in which supported remixing and editing of their music. From an artist’s point of view, I feel that it would be flattering that people from around the world liked there music enough to expand and extend its potential for they are not ‘stealing’ they are merely promoting. This goes to show that there are still artists out there that are simply creating music for the passion not the money.
Brett Gaylor makes 4 valid points about our world in the documentary stating:
1) Culture always builds on the past.
2) The past always tries to control the future.
3) Our future is becoming less free.
4) To build free societies you must limit the control of the past.

I feel that our world has become less free in some senses today than it was back in the 1770’s, especially when it comes to collaboration and sharing in which may in fact I add, was the dual purpose of the ‘computer’ being invented. The global copyrighting Licence Creative Commons fought by Lawrence Lessig, was “born to set culture free!” (once again)

Check the video out, feel free to add your comments. What are your thoughts on the Global Copyright Licence, Creative Commons? Is this fair… does our generation have more freedom still to come?


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