Thursday, December 19, 2013

RIP: a remix manifesto

Throughout this documentary, I felt some surprise and most of all I felt frustrated. What caught my attention the most is that like very media company is owned by the same six companies, and that those six companies are owned by two corporations. What caught my attention the most is that when you download songs or something for free, those major corporations nickel and dime the people who downloaded media in spite of financial situations. That's just wrong. The corporations make a lot of money without their lawsuit earnings in the first place, so it makes you wonder about how much greed there is in those corporations.

Girl talk is an artist. No question about it. He takes sounds he likes, and combines them to make something new. That is what all artists do. There is no such thing as a guru in art anymore. All artists take elements of things they like, and throw them together in order to make something new. Does the phrase "draw from what you know" ring a bell?

The copyright laws are so extreme though that it's makes it harder for artists like Girl Talk to create without paying a ridiculous amount of money. They say "when you download a song for free, you hurt the artist." No we don't. The corporations that basically own a musicians music make all of the lawsuit money though. So your not screwing over the artist when you download music for free, your cheating millionaire corporations out of maybe ten bucks an album and for some reason they get off on screwing over the little guy. I wasn't aware of the business food chain until I saw that movie and read that article. I used to feel bad about downloading some songs for free and using them for my artistic purposes. I don't regret it anymore just because the system is so warped. The artist is getting ripped off by his record label, not us. They say "those who pirate music are a musicians worst enemy." We are not the enemy, the corporations are.

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