CopyrightHaving read the first and second (of three) parts, my third post about Remix by Lawrence Lessig can only summarise so much. What I have read is building up to the final part, which will most likely reveal this ‘hybrid economy’ that is being written about. He has given many examples where businesses seem so backwards on the point of copyright, going to extremes to make sure that the most insignificant things around the Internet have to be taken down. A style of music video that has become increasingly popular uses clips from anime shows, coreographing them to music. The Japanese companies that produce these videos could easily file lawsuits to every single one of these anime music videos. In one case, a student who graduated from high school struggled to get into a film course. After showing a portfolio of his anime videos, he was immediately let into one college. It proves that talent should be praised over copyright. Upon this, Lessig also gives examples where free content does work extremely well, even if it isn’t entirely legal. Yahoo Answers, although not always the best place to get your question answered, proves that uncited information is still valuable.

It is clear that Lawrence Lessig is against the current traditions of copyright, but how will he suggest businesses change their ways? How will the issues of control and intellectual property be solved? Find out next time, when I’ve read part three and finished the book.



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