Right in the midst of the debate about copyright trade agreements ACTA and SOPA pops NYC filmmaker Kirby Ferguson‘s fourth and final part of his documentary series Everything is a Remix. Following up on his remix examinations on the movies ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘The Matrix’ as well as three prior Everything is a remix-clips (watch below), Ferguson now examines the new battles on the fields of software and smartphones, and sample & patent trolling.
Based on the idea of social evolution, Ferguson describes how copyright and patenting were intented to help grow a huge archive of ideas in public domain, and how they’re now being used to increase corporate profits. “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“, states Ferguson in the video statement.
Watch the ‘System Failure’ video below and head over to Kickstarter for more information on Kirby Ferguson’s planned and upcoming documentary This is Not a Conspiracy Theory.
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There’s probably no other field that uses as much material from existing works than music. Think sampling, cover songs, remixes, edits, bootlegs. Copying other artists work is an essential part of music production today – but copying is to be found in much more fields of everyday life than only in music.
NYC-based filmmaker Kirby Ferguson has been working on this topic for a while now with his website and video series ‘Everything is a Remix‘, in which he explains the relationship between industrial and cultural innovations and the sampling of knowledge and ideas.
Together with editor Robert Grigsby Wilson, ‘Everything is a Remix’ also focusses on movies. After the hugely successful examination of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill‘ movies and their samples, Wilson and Ferguson now take on Larry and Andy Wachowski’s ‘The Matrix‘ to show which movies and books were the source code for the science fiction movie from 1999.
And speaking of ‘Everything is a Remix’: Steve Jobs passed away last night, and the following video is how we’ll remember his works – copy/paste as a way of commercial and creative success, from Xerox to OSX.