Week Six – Caitlin Woolsey

24 Jun

The web has expanded and complicated the idea of copyright. The web makes it easier to make things and share them, but in sharing them it makes it easy to take what was made and to do something with that. And with that is sometimes can blur the lines of what belongs to who. Like Tim Berners says you can basically click a ling and see millions of documents, and so he is talking about adding data, so that basically everything we can think of is now on the web. It is an amazing idea, but then what about ownership? As he brings up, when it comes to data being shared from the government, that should be ours, as the people, because we pay taxes and are a part of this nation, but what about music, or movies, or even books?

Piracy has increased and become more complex with the web, it is also now harder to track those people down. Before it was a lot easier because piracy involved hard, physical copies of something, and now they are all scattered through out the web. Things like The Pirate Bay, Limewire, and Napster make it so easy to get music, movies, books. And why would people want to pay for these items when they can just go online and get it for free. And while making it easily assessable, these items may help to inspire someone to create, but if everyone is getting stuff for free, why create when you will get nothing from it? It becomes a paradox.

It is complicated, as to the effects the web has. In some ways it can be a positive for copyright holders, in some way it is negative. For an example, I love a Youtube video called Drunk Disney. It is a video where 20 somethings watch Disney movies with a drinking game and then talk about the meaning of the movie at the end, they have no connection to the Disney franchise. In someways this could be good for Disney, it makes me miss the movies and want to watch them, that could lead to buying the film. On the other hand, I don’t have to buy these films because people have more than likely put the full film somewhere on the internet for free.

For Girl Talk I believe that he thinks sees what is important making something new, and he thinks it is amazing that you can take several things that already exist and take those and transform them. He says that he would be ok with buying the royalties, but it would take millions and years, to go through all of the legal issues, but that matters is not that as much as the product. The producers of Good Cop, Bad Cop show both sides and all different ways that copyright comes up when it comes to things today. In one way to shows that for some people where money isn’t being exchanged, it may not be a bad thing, It may actually rise the popularity of an artist. And that how it is for people like Danger Mouse, who made a very popular song out of mixing the music of other artist, but was not paid for it. But at the same time how do artist make money, if people are so easily able to get things for free. But the way the movie is shot, it seems to be more on the side, of those who are making things from these items, or sharing these items. It also shows how Danger Mouse’s stuff was later remixed, and then that copy was remixed by Girl Talk, it is almost like a cycle.

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