Drop the beat down low and remix yo!


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It seems the internet itself is one big breach of copyright. We must tread carefully as users, otherwise the big! Bad! Multimillion dollar companies will shut down our alter-ego. Remix Culture is developing rapidly, through technological advancements music and films can easily be sourced without charge then re-established into another form or idea.

The line is drawn when it comes to remix culture. Professor Alex Brun states, “those defending mashups in the debate cite ‘fair use’ provisions…those taking the opposite view express their right to protect themselves against what they perceive as copyright violations.” Regardless, copyright continues to plague the internet.

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It is illegal to mash-up or remix unauthorised samples of music or videos; pity Glee didn’t follow this stance. The funny thing is though the original creators of the remix product are often flattered or enjoy the new twist to their pieces; it’s the record companies who have the dummy spit.

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Two Djs from Perth and San Francisco were sent a ‘cease and desist’ notice from Green Day’s record company, EMI after they used the bands album “American Idiot” and remixed it with several other artists including “Aerosmith” and “Eminem”, resulting in “American Edit” under the alias Dean Gray. Although Green Day’s label wanted to annihilate the album, Green Day themselves spoke publicly and stated “they were flattered by the album and liked it.”

When determining remix culture the question that lingers is “do we have the right to remix the original creators work?” Several professionals disagree. “We now inhabit a ‘remix culture’, a culture which is dominated by amateur creators – creators who are no longer willing to be passive recipients of content,” lawyers wrote from the University of Technology Queensland in their report Mashups, Remixes and Copyright Law. Taking someone’s written work without acknowledgement is known as plagiarising, but when referenced it is acceptable; therefore shouldn’t this same rule be applied to remix. As long as you rightfully acknowledge the original source, neither parties are winning nor losing they’re both gaining recognition.


Bruns, A 2010, ‘Distributed Creativity: Filesharing and Produsage’, Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss (ed.), Mashup Cultures, Springer Vienna Architecture, Germany, pp. 24-38.


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