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Lawrence Lessing talks a lot about if we take someone’s idea to consult them first vs just not taking their idea at at all. It makes me think of this youtube video of a random college student, who got bored, and “remixed” a song called tits out for ya boys.  When I first heard the song I initially thought he made it, but then I read the comments and someone said that he stole the lyrics from another song by the same name. I looked up the song and it was true. We sometimes let other people’s idea pass as our own. The college student made  different background music than the original, which was techno. Here’s a vid of it.

Property and Fair Use Videos

We had to watch 2 videos for class. They were about property and fair use. Now this has become a changing topic throughout history. In the TED talk Lawrence Lessig, talked about how this is true. He mentioned stories throughout history that had a major impact on property and fair use. The first one was Sousa, who invented the talking machine, which allowed for people to record their voice. The second one was about a supreme court case in 1945 regarding the term of “trespassing.” Before the time of airplanes, trespassing always meant, stepping on someone else’s land. Now since airplanes don’t operate on the ground for a long period of time (besides take off and landings), there was some gray space in determining whether or not they were actually trespassing. But the Supreme Court ruled that they actually weren’t trespassing. After this story he moves on to talk about people creating content just for the love of creating, not for money. So much of our society has become a sense of creating society, we are always taking pictures, updating statuses, tweeting. To be honest, I don’t really remember what it was like without the internet or even technology. My earliest memory is watching a movie on the television in the living room of my house. Our world is consumed by the way we create content. Our ideas constantly become public. I think society has an immense sense of trust as we put our ideas online and we trust that the rest of the world won’t take those ideas. However there are some people who do take other people’s ideas and make them their own. I really liked the presentation of the second video about remixes. It really goes to show how well we can change other people’s content and make it our own.

Intellectual Property and Fair Use online : Remixing

After watching Lawrence Lessig’s TED talk on “Laws the Choke Creativity” and the video Everything is a Remix, it makes me wonder when exactly is others or my own intellectual property considered free? Any time that something is posted online whether it be a photo, a video, or any type of idea or concept, it is often left for free reign online. The use of remixes allows users to take what already exists (idea or media) and recreate them to say a different message. Now a days, anyone with access to a computer has the ability to create remixes whether it be of a song or an image. As Lessig said, remixes are “how kids speak.”

This idea ties into the topic of last weeks in class discussions of the internet being a place of creation as well as consumption. For the most part, any type of user generated content that exists on the web is deemed freely available (for noncommercial use). Copyright laws exist to protect intellectual property but this does not put a stop to people using copyrighted things. For example, many people think that by owning a cd, when they burn a copy of it and give it to a friend, it infringes on copyright. So at what point is “trespassing” okay? Remixes themselves are a large part of our culture today and using various videos, songs, pictures, are a part of that.

I personally agree with Lessig, that the best solution is for artists and creators allow their work to be available freely for noncommercial use, as long as credit is given where credit is due.


IP Fair Use Evolution

After watching TED talk by Lawrence Lessig, what really stood out to me was how he talked about the generational gap and its views on IP fair use. I thought it was really interesting how for his generation who lived through the creation of the internet had one view on fair use and the younger generation who grew up with the internet had a different perspective on IP fair use. I also agree with how he said that the younger generation creates rather than watches. There are so many different “remixes” of videos and pictures out there that I don’t even think twice about who that particular picture or video actually belongs too.

IP Fair Use

Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

I really like the TED talk by Lawrence Lessig, the points he made about how the information is separated in the internet. This generation is the generation of creators, and I totally agree with Lessig, that years ago, people were watching TV, but this generation people make TVs. And considering accessing information online is violation is something bad, because if we can not read off internet we will then not read anything. But I still think that the way how internet is so wide and open, it gives a very wide space for people to use information in bad ways. The good side about it, is the freedom that the internet has, people can say their opinions about their government using the internet.But it should not be considered as literature for this generation, because this is a part where it passes morals sometimes, which is a very important part of our culture.

Re-re-re miiiixxx

I really loved this TED talk. Not only because he presented spoofs of our different internet uses but also because of the points he made about how information is spread within the internet. I believe that we are not víctimas of just “reading” off the internet. We also are creators of the internet. If it weren’t for users like us there would be nothing to read off the internet. Through the use of blogs, like this one, facebook, youtube, instagram and other uses we are able to create our own media in order to share and for others to consume off of us. Also, the way in which we access information on the internet should not be viewed as violating the law but a rebirth of such information and media.

IP and Fairuse

I think that Lawrence Lessig does an excellent an excellent job of encapsulating the changes of creation in our generation. I think it was very effective to compare the changes we are having now to the changes that occurred when music became more commercialized. The one point I do disagree with him on is that he believes we currently have to extremes to fair use. I believe we only have one extreme and that is of the companies trying to claim anything and everything (even things protected under fair use as he pointed out) as copyright infringement. Lessig mentions that we are at a point of prohibition which I also believe to be the case but I don’t think the stance that we should ignore these laws is extreme at all. When prohibition of alcohol took place there was illegal alcohol creation and consumption but do we consider those people breaking the law to be extremists? I believe we can find a balance and I agree with what Lessig said about competition begets balance and equilibrium.Piracy

What is property anymore? Response to Ted Talk video

“People taking and recreating using other peoples content. Using digital content technologies to say things differently”-Lawrence Lessig

Lessig provided some interesting examples of how people created mix ups of songs and videos.  How could you forget the “I will survive” clip.  As stated in the video, our generation has grown up with technology and the government has deemed some aspects of how we use this technology illegal.  Copyright laws is where this comes into play.  Breaking these copyright laws would be similar to trespassing as Lessig puts it… and some websites automatically take down posts that violate copyright even if there is a fair-use aspect.

So question is … Is it creative or illegal activity?


Laws that choke creativity reflection

Larry Lessig blew my mind; twice. I watched this video two times in hope that the second time would allow me to grasp his concept of copyright issues along with a vision for reconciling creative freedom with marketplace competition. To be honest, he used words that I did not quite understand which made it kind of frustrating.

Anyways, one comment/statement in particular stuck in my mind from the video. Lessig said the tools of creativity are how our generation speaks, our generation thinks, and who our generation is. This got me thinking. What if there were no laws that restrict, hold back, hinder creativity? what if our generation had the full capabilities of this creative tool? I believe we as a society would be more advanced. I believe that these laws are holding people back from exploring what the future might bring us. If these laws are choking the tools of creativity, how we speak and think, it absolutely has to be choking the future of tomorrow.

Link to the video