Everything is a Remix is a thought provoking video about IP, Copyright and Patents produced by Kirby Ferguson, a New York-based film maker. It’s an American take on IP and Patents but very much relates to the UK. Seeing how much the original concept of protecting inventors rights and promoting creative thinking has changed is a little scary. The opinion of how much the original concept has been abused by opportunist capitalists is quite an eye opener.
The belief in intellectual property has grown so dominant it’s pushed the original intent of copyrights and patents out of the public consciousness. But that original purpose is still right there in plain sight. The copyright act of 1790 is entitled “an Act for the encouragement of learning”. The Patent Act is “to promote the progress of useful Arts.”
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.