Alex Goldman is a producer for On the Media. One time he got run over by a car.
Everything is a Remix Episode 4
Friday, February 17, 2012 - 04:28 PM
Way back when we re-launched our website in July of this year, we did a Q&A with director Kirby Ferguson. Ferguson has been working on an ongoing series of videos called Everything is a Remix, about the culture of remixing that permeates just about every creative endeavor out there. Ferguson uses a couple of very famous examples (Star Wars, the ouvre of Quentin Tarantino, the innovations in the graphical interfaces in modern computing) to demonstrate that innovation is at least partly appropriation.
Ferguson's latest episode of Everything is a Remix is now out, and given the recent debates about anti-piracy/pro-intellectual property bills in congress like SOPA and PIPA, it's timely. In this episode, Ferguson explores the history of copyright law a body of laws that he sees as "transformed beyond recognition." It's interesting, well researched, and visually delightful. You can check out the first three episodes at Ferguson's website.