remix’s and mash-ups

The current ‘buzz’ in the internet world heavily revolves around a prevalent ‘remix’ culture. But- what does this mean for copyright law? We live in a society where a group of teenagers will create a meaningless or trivial ‘mash up’ of a popular song and post it to YouTube without even a second thought. This impression is also evident in Lawrence Lessig’s Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy where the example is Stephanie Lenz’s 13 month old son dancing to the beat of a song and was recorded and posted to social media. This remix culture is dominated by amateur creators who no long have the inclination to be merely submissive receptors of content. These amateurs have taken on the role of producers, thus subtly demanding a much broader right. With the rise of digital technologies in the past decade, it has made it considerably easier to re-use and remix an existing product and produce something of the new creators desire and innovation. Today, there involves a challenge in remixing songs/videos in that there is such a wide array of content that is posted to the internet every day that in order to get recognition, it must stand out from the crowd. One question that arises from the concept of remix’s is to attempt to understand how  access to knowledge, culture and creativity can be provided to the public whilst staying within the boundaries of the law.

 

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