Week 6 Post

In episode four of Everything is a Remix he said, “Our new ideas evolve from the old ones.” This statement couldn’t be anymore true. As the world evolves we develop new technology; therefore, giving us the opportunity to create something better. In episode two he discusses how Star Wars uses Joseph Campbell’s ideas from the book, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” I think this is perfectly fine because Star Wars took parts of Campbell’s idea and incorporated it into their own idea. The creators of Star Wars took ideas from many different areas and put them together to create this awesome movie. In episode two he also claims Star Wars is an updated version of Flash Gordon. There are many similarities between the two, but I don’t think they legitimately copied Flash Gordon. I think that many movies wouldn’t exist today without the ideas of past movies. There are only so many genres, and story lines you can create. My thoughts pertaining copyright law are that it is definitely necessary. People should have the ability to protect their work/ideas because they created it. There is a level of protection people should have when they publish their work online. A copyright or patent for someones work should last around 15 years; therefore, their work is protected until a new generation of technology arrives (although technology is progressing rapidly.) Although remixing and plagiarism are very similar, I don’t believe they are the same thing. There are many ways you can “remix” something. For example, you can take a beat from a song and incorporate it into your music. When I hear the word plagiarism I think more about stealing the actual words. Which is definitely not okay! In episode one of Everything is a Remix, he uses the band Led Zepplin as an example. I wasn’t aware of how much music they published that was extremely similar to other artists. Led Zepplin even used similar lyrics to other artists, along with their beats. Led Zepplin is still an amazing band, and they were very successful. But it’s not okay for them to take other artists creations and claim them as their own.

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