Friday, April 20, 2012

Too Much Copyright

Originally copyright was to promote useful arts, but aging properties of corporations have seen the laws continually changed to protect these properties and keep them in the public domain.  This clip debates the usefulness on government imposed bills such as PIPA, SOPA, ACTA and whatever will come next.  Governments and corporations have a very different view from the public, and those that understand as to what copyright is and should do.

The movie RiP: A Remix Manifesto is a movie that focuses on the DJ, Girl Talk, whose music is a collage of hundreds of different copyrighted samples.  It tells of how he gets around copyright, fair use, and creative commons.  As a day job Girl Talk (Greg Gillis) is a biomedical engineer so the movie also talks about how copyright and patents stifle and limit what can be done in the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

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