Kirby Ferguson has released a new episode of his series, Everything Is A Remix.
Part 4 looks at the unexpected consequences of intellectual property laws:
Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.
While not specifically about music, Ferguson’s series looks at ideas that directly impact musicians.
See the previous parts, embedded below.
Everything is a Remix, Part 1 – focuses on remixing in music.
Everything is a Remix, Part 2 – focuses on remixing in film.
Everything is a Remix, Part 3 – explores how innovations really happen.