Cannibals Unite: Shamelessly

Hello all,

As I sit here listening to a playlist I “created” Spotify, I realize that I have one of the largest databases of the music and recording industry to use at my leisure. What differs with Spoitfy or Pandora versus Napster or other music downloading sites like UTorrent or Limewire, though– is that I cannot “own” the music, burn the music to a CD or share it with my friends on a file. This is a shift in the digital format of music happening right before our eyes. If I am correct, the documentary, RIP: Remix Manifesto began in 2007 as Spotify was on the rise (2006). I wonder what GirlTalk or the producers of this documentary have to say about these new audio databases.

I don’t see how the copyRIGHT will ever win this battle. We, the bloggers, consumers, collaborators are becoming the copyLEFT and law enforcement will eventually be forced to surrender to the power of media sharing. I think it’s inevitable that it will continue–it’s human nature to always want to create the next “better” version of what existed before. We build upon the past, we are constantly progressing–in the most literal sense of the word. In the documentary GirlTalk said that creation of this caliber is now “a conversation, it’s participation.” The audience (us) now has the ability (or freedom) to give feedback online in real time. What does that mean for the copyRIGHT?

I want to leave you with another quotation from the film, the narrator/director says that “only cannibalism unites us together socially, culturally economically, politically…” and what he means is that we cannibalize each other’s ideas, thoughts, art, music, creations in order to create new ideas, thoughts ect…there’s really no such thing as originality as Aaron also points out in his latest post. It is hard for us in the digital age to claim an idea as intellectual property when everything is so easily accessible. Maybe some have ill intentions with someone else’s work, but that’s another conversation. With people like GirlTalk who like to sample music–he is just accessing his own creative outlet and encourages us all to do the same. Maybe the message here is: All is fair game when you put it on the internet….


1 thought on “Cannibals Unite: Shamelessly

  1. Dana here–
    You bring up excellent connections to what they meant by copyRIGHT and copyLEFT that I was nervous to write in fear that i misunderstood. As I wrote in my post on this topic, GirlTalk’s “sampling” is nothing more than symbolic examples of how we go about our daily lives consuming our norms in habitual matters as well as the lack of patience we have with things, only sampling the parts of things that are more interesting to us because there is SO much to consume and sample in our life. I’m all for let ideas flow but I do agree with you that intentions have to matter. Using an entire book, song, or piece of work and re-distributing it as your own is wrong but we are all inspired by others’ work and lives. We can’t always cite our sources and sometimes we shamelessly take credit for this “originality” but I highly doubt that the majority of people have ill intentions towards those who inspire them. I would not be comfortable sentencing anyone to jail time or fines for downloading music and media that wasn’t child porn or identity theft.

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