Product of the Past

Posted on February 2, 2011

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Remixes and mash ups have become a part of today’s society, they’re a bi product of the new Information Age. People are taking things created by others and building their own ideas off of them, in other words creating their own “products of the past”. Just as the Maori people have had their culture passed on from generation to generation with new adaptations coming with each one so has society. New bands are influenced by bands they listened to, artists are inspired by others work, and writers use other authors work for new ideas. Everything is being shared in some way or another and it is unrealistic to say that you are going to control whether or not things such as remixes and mash ups are going to be created. Instead we should encourage these types of things to happen. We are creating new ideas off of the past and are allowing it to influence what we do in the future.  We don’t do this out of greed, instead it is about how we “ pursue excellence in our abilities to develop, manipulate, an distribute information as a common good – not primarily because doing so might benefit us personally in primarily economic terms.”. It is what our society is about, creating new things and pushing the boundaries to uncharted waters.

No one, to a certain extent, should be trying to completely control everything that happens to something that they’ve created, that is like trying to stop society from evolving. It is going to happen whether you like it or not. The public domain should be free, there shouldn’t be any constraints on what song Girl Talk can or can’t use in his mash ups, nor should their be any restrictions on how pieces from a culture such as the Maori is used just as long as credit is given where credit is due. No one try and take credit for another person’s work, that is stealing the idea and why copyrighting was created, but big business has taken that to a whole new level. If they want to change the rules so that they can try control who does what with their product thats fine, it hasn’t worked in the past and it won’t in the future.

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